October 24, 2018, 1:11 pm
Kemba Walker ($8,400 FD, DK)- Walker has been hot to start the year, scoring 26 or more in each of the Hornets’ four games. Chicago isn’t exactly known as a defensive force so look for Walker to continue his hot streak.
Lonzo Ball ($7,000 FD, $6,300 DK)- Ball is fresh off his minutes limit and will get the start with Rondo still suspended. Tonight he returns to Phoenix, the site of his first break out game last year.
Michael Carter-Williams ($3,500 FD, $3,800 DK)- With Paul and Ennis both out for the Rockets, MCW could be looking at extended minutes tonight. He’s not the most exciting play but at his low price you don’t need much from him to hit value.
Other good buys: John Wall ($9,400 FD, $8,600 DK), Steph Curry ($9,300 FD, $9,800 DK), Trae Young ($7,800 FD, $7,200 DK).
Luka Doncic ($8,300 FD, $7,100 DK) – Doncic showed off his all-around game in his last outing as he dished out 6 assists to go along with 19 points. It’s only going to get easier for Doncic as he adjusts to basketball in the NBA and the match-up tonight doesn’t get any easier as he faces the Hawks, who have been woeful on defense so far this season.
Zach Lavine ($7,700 FD, $7,400 DK) – Lavine has dropped more than 30 points every game to start the year and with Dunn out for the next few weeks, Levine will need to keep carrying the load for his team. I like him at home tonight against the Hornets.
Josh Hart ($6,400 FD, $5,800 DK) – Hart has shown he is more than capable of filling in for Ingram and Rondo as he put up 20 and 10 in the Laker’s last game against the Spurs. With Ingram and Rondo still suspended, look for Hart to continue his hot streak and maybe lock up a starting gig.
Other good buys: Devin Booker ($8,000 FD, $8,300 DK), Bradley Beal ($8,000 FD, $7,500 DK), Rodney McGruder ($4,500 FD, $4,900 DK).
LeBron James ($11,500 FD, $11,100 DK) – James is always a good play but I think tonight, James tries to take over and win his first game in a Laker uniform. Facing a 0-4 record and a weak defense may be enough to bring out a dominating performance from James.
Taurean Prince ($7,200 FD, $6,500 DK) – Prince is someone I feel like always flies under the radar. He’s in a nice spot tonight against the Mavs and should at least return value.
Mario Hezonja ($4,700, $4,500 DK) – Hezonja was the clear beneficiary of Knox’s injury as he was given a season high 30 minutes and he did not disappoint with 18 points, 4 boards and 3 assists. Hezonja has shown, when given the opportunity, he can fill up the stat sheet so look for him to take advantage of his opportunity again tonight.
Other good buys: Kevin Durant ($9,900 FD, $9,700 DK), Cedi Osman ($6,900 FD, $5,800 DK), Josh Richardson ($6,900 FD, $6,500 DK).
Kevin Love ($8,500 FD, $8,800) – Even without LeBron, Love continues to be a fantasy machine. He faces the Nets tonight, a team that have given up rebounds to big men over the last few years at a very high rate.
Kyle Kuzma ($7,200 FD, $6,900 DK) – Yes, this is the fourth Laker I am writing about tonight and I think all four are great options. Kuzma stepped up last game with Ingram out and dropped 37 points. This should be a high scoring match-up so Kuzma should be in line for another solid game.
Jaren Jackson Jr. ($6,500, $5,400) – With Jamychal Green slated to miss a few weeks, Jaren Jackson Jr. will slide into the starting line-up and receive a few extra minutes. JJJ can rack up points quickly thanks to his shooting and defensive ability.
Other good buys: Bobby Ports ($6,900 FD, DK), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($6,000 FD, $5,500 DK), Domantas Sabonis ($5,400 FD, $6,100 DK).
DeAndre Ayton ($7,700 FD, $7,300 DK) – Ayton has showed he deserved to be picked #1 as he’s played great so far. Tonight’s up-tempo match-up with the Lakers should give Ayton another chance to shine and show off his skill set.
Tristan Thompson ($4,700, $5,300) – As I mentioned before, the Nets give up rebounds to big men at a high clip and if there’s one thing Thompson does is get rebounds. I’m looking to spend up at center today but if you have to go cheap, Thompson isn’t a bad option.
Other good buys: Joel Embiid ($10,400 FD, $10,100 DK), Enes Kanter ($7,200 FD, $7,000 DK).
October 20, 2019, 7:57 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Regarding Kelly Olynyk's (right knee bone bruise) role for the start of the season, head coach Erik Spoelstra stressed keeping him active but not forcing Olynyk into more minutes than he can handle.
The Heat are going to take things slow with Olynyk and make sure the injury does not become a persistent issue. It is a pain for his owners to wait through, but Olynyk looked good in his limited preseason performances. He may not get his full compliment of minutes after being a full participant in practice for only the past five days. However, it should only be a matter of weeks until Olynyk is back to his normal workload.
Source: Khobi Price on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 6:59 pmTyler UlisPG, Sacramento Kings
The Kings have waived Tyler Ulis and Hollis Thompson.
Ulis has been injured during training camp, but had little chance of making the roster with Cory Jospeh and Yogi Ferrell in front of him. Other teams may want to see him healthy before taking a shot on him. Thompson should garner some interest around the league fairly quickly.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:17 pmVlatko CancarSF, Denver Nuggets
Vlatko Cancar (ankle) hurt his ankle during Sunday's practice.
The ankle injury may put his availability in question for opening night. An update should be coming out with more information regarding the injury, but Cancar should not be on any draft boards regardless.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:13 pmRodney McGruderSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Rodney McGruder (high ankle sprain) is questionable to play in Tuesday's opening game versus the Lakers.
McGruder is noted to be progressing well, but high ankle sprains tend to be tricky and if re-injured could shelve a player for several weeks. If McGruder is healthy enough to suit up, he figures absorb some of Paul George's allotted minutes.
Source: Tomer Azarly on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:09 pmAlen SmailagicPF, Golden State Warriors
Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) has a chance to play in Thursday's season opener.
Smailagic was expected to miss a decent amount of time, so him not being ruled out is somewhat shocking. There is no reason to look at Smailagic in any drafts, but him missing time could funnel more minutes to Jordan Poole.
Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:05 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot strain) will not play in Thursday's season opener.
WCS has been cleared fr non-contact drills, but with Kevon Looney looking healthy it makes the call easier to take the cautious approach. WCS is looking like Looney's primary backup.
Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:01 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
The Knicks will not announce their starting point guard until Wednesday.
Death, taxes and Knicks head coach David Fizdale doing Fizdale-like stuff. The battle has been between Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr., while Frank Ntilikina sits in the background. It appears that after a few more days of practice Fizdale will have the sample size he needs to make confirm his starter, but for now they both remain as late-round fliers.
Source: Marc Berman on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 4:44 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) has been ruled out of Tuesday's season opener.
This isn't a shocker considering Kuzma has yet to be cleared for contact. He is still participating in non-contact half-court drills, but has no firm timetable to return.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 4:38 pmKevon LooneyPF-C, Golden State Warriors
Kevon Looney (right hamstring strain) will play in Thursday's game and possibly open as the starting center.
Looney practiced on Sunday and looked good to go. Looney is the favorite to start, it just seems like his health will determine whether or not he does. Looney offers late-round appeal in standard leagues and remains a sleeper on most boards.
Source: Monte Pool on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 4:35 pmIsaiah TaylorPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have waived Isaiah Taylor.
Taylor signed to a partially guaranteed deal back in September, but did not stand out during training camps. He had a stint with the Hawks back during the 2017-18 season and will likely get picked up by another team and relegated to the G League.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter