March 25, 2017, 10:29 am
What You Need To Know
Game to Target – Washington @ Cleveland – 215.5 O/U
Secondary Target – Minnesota @ Portland – 213.5 O/U
Studs To Target
- Karl-Anthony Towns – KAT has been an absolute monster of late, and he gets a solid matchup tonight in a game that should be high scoring.
- LeBron James – LeBron is frustrated right now with his teams play, and that usually means a big game is coming. I expect him to take things into his own hands tonight and have around 60 fantasy points.
- John Wall – Kyrie isn’t exactly a lock down defender, and Wall is en elite point guard. If the Wizards want to win this game, Wall will have to have a big night, and I expect him to put up great numbers.
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Middle Tier Targets
- Bradley Beal – You will want some exposure to this game tonight, and Beal is the best option under $9,000. He can have a huge game and has a pretty high floor.
- LaMarcus Aldridge – LMA has been over 30 fantasy points in his last five games and over 40 on his last two. Oh, he also plays the Knicks tonight.
- Ricky Rubio – I often target point guards against Damian Lillard, and it often works. Rubio is coming off a huge game, and I expect another solid outing.
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- Tony Parker – There is always the risk of Pop sitting Parker for reasons only known to Pop, but if Parker plays, I expect him to easily pay off his small price tag.
- J.J. Redick – Redick isn’t going to bring huge upside, but he will get you 18-20 fantasy points for a price that fits nicely into your lineup.
- Patty Mills – Whether Parker plays or not Mills is a nice option. The Spurs should have a comfortable lead tonight against the Knicks, and Mills will get up plenty of shots.
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September 23, 2019, 1:31 pmJoakim NoahC, Memphis Grizzlies
Joakim Noah plans to join workouts with the Clippers this week, per Shams Charania.
Noah hasn't been in the news since he was up for consideration with the Lakers, but he would be a nice bench pickup for the Clippers. They could use a big-bodied center to crash and bang in certain matchups, and Noah would fit in as a strong defender. We'll see if anything comes of this week's workouts.
Source: The Athletic
September 23, 2019, 1:27 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Free Agent
As of right now, the Nets are "very unlikely" to sign Carmelo Anthony, according to a report from Shams Charania.
Brooklyn is more likely to sign players that they have worked out recently, with Charania naming Lance Thomas and C.J. Williams as possibilities. At least more people can complain about Melo being unsigned now.
Source: The Athletic
September 23, 2019, 1:20 pmChuma OkekePF, Orlando Magic
According to Shams Charania, the Magic plan to redshirt rookie Chuma Okeke, who is recovering from a torn left ACL.
Earlier in the summer Magic POBO Jeff Weltman said that he believed Okeke could return this season, but there's no rush for him to get back on the court. The 16th overall pick will be able to focus on rehab this season, and he's off the board in all redraft formats.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 23, 2019, 1:17 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Though the Thunder are prepared to open the season with Chris Paul as a "veteran star and leader," Shams Charania is reporting that the Heat have "a level of interest" in CP3.
The Heat and Paul were said to have mutual interest back when CP3 was first traded to Oklahoma City but the teams couldn't work out a deal. It is now expected that Miami will play out the start of the season and see how things are going before they make a big play for Paul, as acquiring his three years and $124 million would require a trade of major contracts. A deal would certainly improve Paul's fantasy outlook but as it stands he figures to stay on the cusp of early-round production as long as he's on the court, even for a Thunder team that's looking to the future.
Source: The Athletic
September 23, 2019, 1:07 pmAntonio BlakeneySG, Chicago Bulls
Antonio Blakeney has agreed to a deal with Jiangsu in the CBA.
Blakeney was let go by the Bulls a couple weeks ago. A strong scorer at the G-League level, he should be able to drop some huge games in China. We'd expect to hear his name on the mid-season free agency market if all goes well overseas.
September 22, 2019, 9:20 pmFurkan KorkmazSG, Philadelphia Sixers
After an injury-plagued sophomore campaign for the Sixers, Furkan Korkmaz knows this season will be crucial for his future and he is hoping to make big strides this year.
The one thing Korkmaz has going for him is his shooting ability and that is something the Sixers could surely utilize on this roster. It did not click last season, but Korkmaz will get another chance to prove his worth at some point this season. Still, it is hard to picture him coming out of the gate with a big role on opening night.
September 22, 2019, 9:08 pmNikola MiroticPF, Milwaukee Bucks
On Sunday, Nikola Mirotic dropped 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Barcelona.
Mirotic's opening appearance for his new EuroLeague club, Barcelona, resulted in a victory, and he did not have to work too hard for most of his buckets at the Supercopa Endesa versus Valencia. Mirotic should find quick success during his return to European basketball, but NBA fantasy players will surely be missing his presence stateside.
September 22, 2019, 8:56 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey spoke highly of Bruce Brown’s defensive play, calling him an ‘elite defender.’
Brown remains in contention for a starting spot with the Pistons, but he is not a high-usage player, and the Pistons have stocked up with offensive threats such as Derrick Rose and the immortal Joe Johnson. It will be tough for Brown to rack up enough touches or minutes this season.
September 22, 2019, 8:41 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
There is some optimism in league circles about Kevin Durant's (Achilles) chances of playing this season, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Looking back on Durant's decision to return during the Finals, the Nets may want to exude caution when considering KD's return to action. However, Durant is pursuing his rehab with a sense of purpose, and it would be great to see him get back on the court this season. We'll keep you posted when a real timeline on Durant's rehab emerges. This news does not make him a target on draft day for standard leagues.
Source: New York Post
September 22, 2019, 10:40 amLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. is the presumed favorite to start at PF heading into training camp according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Fedor went on to speculate that Nance Jr. could see a lot of time at the four while Kevin Love starts at center and Tristan Thompson and John Henson compete for back up minutes behind those two. Any uptick in playing time would be a huge boost to the per-minute dynamo that Nance Jr is, and a starting role with a new coaching staff bodes well for that. He's trending in the right direction.