September 23, 2019, 1:13 pm
Our cup runneth over … with topics! Dan Besbris is joined by Erik Ong, who presents the first “How to” episode on Auction Leagues, and Dan covers the first two rounds of an industry roto mock before cutting up his own team.
October 16, 2019, 11:09 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a block in Wednesday's preseason loss to the Grizzlies.
Gilgeous-Alexander will share the backcourt with Chris Paul, at least at the start of the season, but figures to take on a larger role over the course of the year. He's gaining steam in fantasy leagues and as his ADP rises there's less room for profit, but we're down with SGA as a middle-round selection with upside.
October 16, 2019, 11:09 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will not return to the Blazers' game against the Jazz.
The second injury of the night for Whiteside proved to be too much to play through, and he will likely be reevaluated in the next couple of days. There is mild cause for concern considering that he was already dealing with a sprain to this ankle, raising the risks of aggrivating it to becoming something more serious. If he misses time, Zach Collins will soak up a ton of minutes in the middle while Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere could see extended run as well.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers PR
October 16, 2019, 11:03 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook just couldn't get it going in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio, scoring 14 points (5-of-13 shooting from the field, 1-4 from the line) to go with four assists, four rebounds and eight turnovers.
Ouch. Westbrook's bad games look a lot worse when his volume scoring and playmaking is taken away, which is exactly what James Harden did tonight. He's a confounding player for fantasy managers to consider around the second round where he is being taken. No, he won't be this bad every night, but when he is, you will not have a good time.
October 16, 2019, 10:59 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala was cooking on Wednesday night, scoring 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting in only 14 minutes of action.
Muscala knocked down 4-of-6 threes to do his damage. He remains a quality stretch big for fantasy purposes and should threaten top-200 numbers given the state of OKC's depth chart up front.
October 16, 2019, 10:57 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
With Chris Paul out on Wednesday, Dennis Schroder moved into the starting five but disappointed with eight points (3-of-9 shooting) and six assists.
Schroder added two threes and a steal so it wasn't a total waste but DFS players were hoping for much more. Though there are questions about his fit with CP3 and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander around, Schroder still figures to play a ton as the team's sixth man and could be in for a big finish if Paul gets traded or shut down. He's a fine selection in the last few rounds of all drafts. Danilo Gallinari also had an off night, going 3-of-12 from the field en route to 16 points and 10 rebounds.
October 16, 2019, 10:57 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon moved to the bench in Houston's preseason loss to the Spurs, finishing with 14 points (5-of-11 shooting) and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
It seems that Gordon will go back to providing a scoring punch to the second unit as Houston continues to tinker their lineup in the wake of the Gerald Green (broken left foot) injury. He'll get you tons of 3-pointers not matter where he plays, but with a lack of supporting stats to go with it, you could do better towards the end of your draft.
October 16, 2019, 10:54 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams briefly left Wednesday's game with an elbow injury but returned to post 12 points, nine rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes.
A light night at the office for Steve-O, who missed both of his free throw attempts. He's locked and loaded as a safe top-90 guy that could threaten top-50 numbers if he ever worked out his kinks at the charity stripe. The big takeaway here is that he's healthy.
October 16, 2019, 10:52 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 30 points (10-for-17 shooting) on Wednesday night, adding five 3-pointers and a steal to round out his effort.
This is a huge performance from Brooks, and very well-timed considering the recent speculation that Grayson Allen will start at shooting guard. Though there's deep-league scoring pop, the fact that Brooks managed zero rebounds or assists in this one underscores just how hollow his stat set is. Even if he starts, we're looking at top-225 value at best.
October 16, 2019, 10:52 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House Jr. started over Eric Gordon in Wednesday's 116-128 loss to the Spurs, finishing with just seven points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 30 minutes.
House Jr. is looking at a larger role with news that Gerald Green (foot) is expected to miss the entire season, but he displayed why that isn't exactly game-changing news for him from a fantasy perspective. He'll have games where he goes off from deep, but he is largely an afterthought in all but the deepest of leagues.
October 16, 2019, 10:50 pmTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones started in place of Ja Morant (rest) on Wednesday night and ended up with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 27 minutes of action.
Jones also shot 7-of-13 from the field. Although he'll probably be second fiddle to franchise player Morant, he's in a vastly better situation than he was last season in Minnesota. He remains a sneaky late-round option in all formats given the relative scarcity of assists late in drafts, and is also a player that most casual fantasy GMs will overlook.