February 28, 2018, 5:30 pm
Elfrid Payton ($7,300 FD, $7,100 DK)- Payton has been solid since he came over from Orlando, hitting 30 more FanDuel points in every game he’s been in a Suns uniform. He makes for a safe play tonight against the Grizzlies.
Tomas Satoransky ($6,900 FD, $5,900 DK)- Satoransky has played some great basketball since Wall went down. Tonight, he gets the Warriors in a pace up game in which Satoransky should be able to us his all-around game to rack up fantasy points.
Andrew Harrison ($6,000 FD, $5,700 DK)- With Evans out again tonight, Harrison is in line to receive heavy minutes once again. Tonight’s matchup is a juicy one against the Suns and at his price, Harrison makes for a great play.
Other good buys: Stephen Curry ($9,300 FD, $9,500 DK), Chris Paul ($8,400 FD, $8,300 DK), Dejounte Murray ($6,800 FD, $6,000 DK).
Devin Booker ($8,700 FD, $8,600 DK) – Booker comes into tonight’s matchup hot. He dropped 40 in his last game and 30 in the game before that. The lackluster Grizzlies won’t have an answer for him tonight so look for another big game from Booker.
Bradley Beal ($8,500 FD, $8,800 DK) – Another player that has been scorching hot recently is Bradley Beal. Without Wall, Beal has been left with almost all of the playmaking responsibility and he’s responded well, even flirting with a triple-double in his last game. Tonight he will need to step it up even more as the Warriors come to town.
Tyrone Wallace ($4,500 FD, $4,700 DK) – If you need some salary relief at shooting guard tonight, Wallace is your man. Since Bradley’s injury Wallace has stepped up and has put together a string of some really solid games.
Other good buys: James Harden ($11,200 FD/DK), Lou Williams ($7,700 FD, $7,900 DK), Klay Thompson ($6,700 FD, $6,600 DK).
Kevin Durant ($9,800 FD, $9,700 DK) – Durant comes home tonight to play the Washington Wizards in the area he grew up in. His price has come down from a couple of weeks ago which makes him even more appealing as a play for tonight.
Kyle Anderson ($5,700 FD, $5,100 DK)- Pelicans have taken the philosophy that they’re not going to defend and just try to outscore their opponent which puts Anderson in a great spot tonight, especially at his price.
Kelly Oubre ($5,000 FD, $4,900 DK) – Another Wizards player who has stepped up in Wall’s absence has been Oubre. Oubre has put up some big games over the last few weeks and tonight he may have another one as he should see even more minutes than he’s been getting considering the Warriors’ personnel.
Other good buys: Giannis Antetoukounmpo ($11,000 FD, $10,500 DK), Paul George ($8,700 FD, $8,500 DK), Trevor Ariza ($4,700 FD, $4,600 DK).
Anthony Davis ($12,500 FD, $11,700 DK)- Davis has been on an absolute rampage since Boogie went down. Though the Spurs present a difficult task, Anthony Davis has shown he’s pretty much matchup proof so if you have the cash go ahead and play him.
Aaron Gordon ($7,600 FD, $7,000 DK)- This year’s breakout star has his season put on hold as he made his come back to the court. However, since his return, Gordon has played well and will look to continue his strong play tonight against the Raptors.
Jarell Martin ($4,100 FD, $4,400 DK) – Martin isn’t the sexiest pick but he makes for a great value tonight. With Evans going down, Martin has been playing more minutes and tonight he gets a great matchup against the defenseless Suns.
Other good buys: LaMarcus Aldridge ($8,700 FD, $8,100 DK), Draymond Green ($7,600 FD, $7,200 DK), John Collins ($6,500 FD, $6,100 DK).
Andre Drummond ($10,300 FD, $9,600 DK)- Drummond gets the Bucks tonight and should be able to feast tonight against an opponent that centers have thrived against all year.
Steven Adams ($7,600, $6,600) – Another team that has difficulty guarding centers has been the Dallas Mavericks. Adams should be able to rack up boards easily against the Mavs’ weak frontline.
Alex Len ($4,900 FD, $5,700 DK)- Len put up a dud his last time out but with Chandler out again tonight Len gets a chance to redeem himself. Tonight’s matchup against the Grizzlies and Marc Gasol is a tough one but it also means that Len will most likely play heavier minutes which makes him a good low-priced play.
Other good buys: Nikola Vucevic ($7,800 FD, $7,600 DK), Marc Gasol ($7,200 FD, $8,400 DK), Myles Turner ($7,000 FD, $7,300 DK).
August 25, 2019, 6:50 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington (right knee) is not expected to hav any limitations heading into training camp.
Covington had an arthroscopic surgery in April after missing 47 games last season due to a bone bruise on his right knee.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 25, 2019, 6:32 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (left ankle) is not expected to have any restrictions for training camp.
Teague had a left ankle debridement procedure in April to help alleviate inflammation. Teague's ankles have given him trouble throughout his career and he only played 42 games last season. With a clean bill of health Teague will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 24, 2019, 11:09 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White has reportedly passed the first concussion test after taking a nasty fall in Team USA's tuneup game vs. the Australian Boomers on Saturday.
This is good news. White has worked hard for his Team USA roster spot and should provide some guard depth for them once he clears concussion protocols. He was an eye-opener last season and should still hold some fantasy value despite the return of a now-healthy Dejounte Murray.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 10:27 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.
Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:58 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.
Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.
August 24, 2019, 8:44 amDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White left Saturday’s game after tripping and hitting his head on the floor.
White left without help but there is no word yet on whether he is dealing with a concussion. He finished with eight points, hitting 6-of-7 three throws in nine minutes with another update sure to come. The third-year guard put up top-125 per-game value, playing 25.8 minutes in his second season. Even with the return of Dejounte Murray, White should still be worth a roster spot in most standard leagues.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:42 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, sidelined for almost three weeks with calf tightness, returned to action on Saturday as USA lost to Australia in their exhibition.
Smart only played nine minutes in this one but still managed to score 7 points with three assists days after being named one of the team’s co-captains. Coming off an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, he produced top-100 per game fantasy value as it seems he may have finally fixed his shot after shooting under 40 percent from the field in his first four seasons. He also produced a career-high in both steals and triples with 1.8 and 1.6 respectively as his career seems to be on the up and up.
August 24, 2019, 8:39 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills went off in the fourth quarter and finished with 30 points as Australia beat USA 98-94.
Although it was only an exhibition, it was still a huge moment for Mills and the Australian team in front of a huge crowd as they handed the US team their first loss since 2006. Mills was serenaded with MVP chants as Joe Ingles also played well with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds and seven assists while Andrew Bogut came off the bench for 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, shooting 7-of-8 from the field.
August 24, 2019, 12:37 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma is out for Team USA's tuneup up game vs. Australia with a sore left ankle.
Kuzma is being held out of this one for precautionary reasons. There's clearly no need for USA Basketball to risk him further injuring the sore ankle. This does not sound like a serious injury and should not affect his fantasy ADP on draft day.
Source: USA Basketball on Twitter
August 23, 2019, 6:02 pmDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
Dwight Howard has agreed with the Grizzlies on a buyout, and will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.
The Lakers are giving Howard an opportunity to be fantasy relevant. When given minutes, Dwight can produce double-doubles with the best of them, but he has been changing teams for years now. He will be worth a gamble at the end of your draft if camp with the Lakers goes well, but this is a non-guaranteed deal, and he only played nine games last season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter