February 14, 2018, 4:15 pm
Damian Lillard ($9,000 FD, $8,800 DK)- Lillard has dropped 50 and 39 points in back to back games and tonight he gets the Warriors tonight at home which sets up nicely for him.
Isaiah Thomas ($6,700 FD, $5,800 DK)- Thomas played 30 minutes in his debut against the Mavericks and scored 22 points with six assists. Tonight he gets a great matchup against the Pelicans who have struggled guarding point guards all year.
Emmanuel Mudiay ($4,300 FD, $4,500 DK)- Mudiay will play in his first home game as a Knick tonight against the Wizards and I think he makes for an excellent cheap play. There is some risk attached to him as he played only 19 minutes in his last game after playing 29 in his first game as a Knick. Assuming he’s closer to the latter than the former, he should be able to hit value.
Victor Oladipo ($10,200 FD, $9,600 DK) – Oladipo went off in his last game for 30 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. While it may be a little too much to ask for another performance like that from Oladipo tonight, he’s set up nicely in his matchup with the Nets.
Bradley Beal ($8,700 FD, $8,900 DK) – Beal has been great since Wall’s injury and tonight he may have even more playmaking duties heaped on him as Tim Frazier has already been ruled out and Tomas Satoransky is questionable. Regardless if Satoransky plays or not, I think Beal makes for a great play tonight.
Donovan Mitchell ($8,500 FD, $7,900 DK) – Ricky Rubio is out again tonight which makes Mitchell the main playmaker again, a role he’s excelled in since Rubio went down. The Suns have been blown out quite a bit throughout the year which is the only risk attached to Mitchell tonight.
Michael Beasley ($6,800 FD, $6,900 DK) – Beasley looks like he’ll be the main scoring option for the Knicks without Porzingis as he’s gone over 30 fantasy points in three straight games. Look for that to continue tonight against the Wizards at home.
Mario Hezonja ($6,200 FD, $5,900 DK)- Aaron Gordon’s injury opened the door for Hezonja for more playing time and Hezonja has taken full advantage of it. Hezonja has a nice run going and gets the Hornets tonight who shouldn’t be able to slow him down.
Royce O’Neale ($4,300 FD/DK) – It’s easy to see why Rodney Hood was expendable when you watch O’Neale play. O’Neale has flourished with added minutes and his price remains very affordable. Tonight he faces the Suns tonight in a game where he should be able to reach value easily.
Blake Griffin ($9,000 FD/DK) – Griffin has been solid with his new team and tonight he faces a shorthanded Hawks team in a game in which he may just break out for a monster performance.
Ben Simmons ($8,900 FD, $8,000 DK)- Maybe Simmons needed the All-Star snub(s) to break out of his funk as he’s been playing some of the best basketball of his rookie year over the last couple of weeks. Look for Simmons to keep it rolling against the Heat tonight.
Kyle Kuzma ($6,900 FD, $5,400 DK) – Larry Nance’s trade has given Kuzma a boost as he’s hovered close to the 40 point fantasy mark the past two games. The Lakers and Pelicans matchup should be an up and down affair which helps Kuzma’s outlook.
Anthony Davis ($11,800 FD, $11,600 DK)- Davis gets a great matchup tonight against the Lakers who have given up some monster lines to centers this year. To me, Davis has the highest ceiling of any player tonight.
Rudy Gobert ($7,900, $7,600) – Gobert’s return has given a boost to the Jazz who have now won 10 straight. Gobert gets the Suns tonight in a matchup he should be able to feast on.
Emeka Okafor ($3,600 FD, $3,400 DK)- Okafor scored 8 points and pulled down 7 boards in his first start last game. If hestarts again and if you need a cheap play at center, Okafor is your guy.
September 15, 2019, 2:49 pmJared TerrellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jared Terrell has signed a contract with Israel's Hapoel Eilat.
Terrell appeared in 14 games with the Wolves last season. Perhaps he'll surface on the mid-season market when his Israeli season ends.
Source: Dane Moore on Twitter
September 15, 2019, 2:45 pmJ.J. BareaPG, Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea (torn right Achilles) has been fully cleared for the start of training camp.
Barea has also been participating in 5-on-5 work. He'll be in the mix for reserve PG minutes, though he'll be competing with Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson for primary backup work behind Delon Wright.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
September 15, 2019, 2:40 pmJustise WinslowSF, Miami Heat
Justise Winslow said that his plan is to play point guard this season.
Winslow had a nice run as Miami's PG last season when Goran Dragic was out after bouncing around between positions for a few years. The Heat have already declared Dragic their starter, however, which means that Winslow might have to accept coming off the bench if he wants the bulk of his minutes to come as a point guard. When asked about that possibility, Winslow said, "It's just about winning, really. So that's how I approach it." While playing point guard would likely help Winslow's fantasy value, the decreased playing time would probably cancel that out.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
September 15, 2019, 2:37 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes suffered a groin strain while playing for Australia at the World Cup.
It's assumed that Baynes suffered the injury in Sunday's game, as he hadn't been hampered at all before then. It's tough timing with camp opening in two weeks but there won't be many minutes available to Baynes as Deandre Ayton's backup this year, so the fantasy impact is minimal. We'll update you when a timeline gets released.
Source: Brian Windhorst on Twitter
September 15, 2019, 10:09 amMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol did a little bit of everything in Spain's 95-75 win over Argentina in the FIBA World Cup Final, putting up 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three blocks in 25 minutes.
Gasol caps off what is the most successful year of his career, helping Spain win the World Cup almost three months from the day of winning his first NBA championship. While an impressive career accomplishment, it also gives him more mileage than any NBA player over that same three month span, a fact worth considering when thinking about his outlook for this upcoming season. At 34 years old and with two other bigs that he has to compete with for playing time in Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka, the best of Gasol's fantasy days are likely behind him. He can still be a productive player, but he makes more sense towards the end drafts rather than in the middle of them.
September 15, 2019, 10:00 amRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio capped off an impressive tournament run with a gold medal for Spain and tournament MVP honors, culminating in a 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists performance in a win over Argentina.
Rubio was dominant all tournament long serving as Spain's number one option on offense as well as being the main playmaker as well. Though he will likely be a bit gassed heading into training camp in a few weeks, one should view his performance this summer as a net positive. Keep him on your radar towards the ends of drafts.
September 15, 2019, 9:16 amJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles was effective in Team Australia's loss against France, putting up 17 points (7-of-11 from the floor), five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 34 minutes.
Ingles was an all-around statistical force throughout the tournament, and was the focal point of Australia's surprising 4th place finish. He is begging everyone to not overlook him in fantasy drafts this season as he continues to be taken near or outside of the top-100. His stat-set will make him a player worth owning even without a starting role for the Jazz.
September 15, 2019, 9:07 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was very quiet in France's 67-59 win over Australia totaling just two points, four rebounds, three turnovers and four personal fouls in just over 19 minutes of action.
Gobert's production in FIBA faded after his commanding performance against Team USA, but thanks in part to the depth France rolled out, he didn't need to be dominant for them to secure their bronze medal. Evan Fournier led the way for France in this one, scoring 16 points while chipping in two 3-pointers and five rebounds.
September 14, 2019, 7:27 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
In a recent fan question session Bucks' GM Jon Horst hinted towards signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to a supermax extension when eligible.
Horst mentioned that he cannot technically discuss an extension until he is eligible, but said Antetokounmpo will be a Buck for a long time. The Greek Freak will be eligible next summer and is all but sure to get a supermax extension.
Source: Fox Sports Wisconsin on Twitter
September 14, 2019, 2:53 pmTacko FallC, Boston Celtics
Tacko Fall (mild knee sprain) is expected to miss one week after a collision in workouts.
With training camp two weeks away, Fall should be ready to roll by then. He is currently on an Exhibit 10 contract, battling for the final roster spot with Javonte Green (partially guaranteed) and Kaiser Gates (Exhibit 10). Fall is an intriguing talent at 7'7" but is not expected to be fantasy relevant in his first season even if he does make the team with the Celtics already carrying four center eligible players on guaranteed contracts.
Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter