Fantasy News

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Thunder coach Billy Donavan said the team has prepared both having and not having Russell Westbrook as they are still unsure if he will play in Tuesday's opener.

    Donavan also said Westbrook has been doing more everyday, but still needs to be evaluated after workouts. We still have not heard anything about Westbrook being cleared for contact, which is not a good sign one day before the game. If there was a player who would play the same day he was cleared for contact, it'd be Russ, but the Thunder have no reason to push him for the first game of the season. Either way Dennis Schroeder should see extended run in what projects to be a high scoring game against the Warriors.

    Source: Erik Horne on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards

    Dwight Howard (buttocks) was a full participant in practice Monday.

    With the Dwight Howard butt jokes out of the way, this is actually very good news for the big man. The Wizards were planning on starting the season without Howard, but he may be recovering quicker than originally planned. Ian Mahinmi would likely start in his place if he were to miss time. Keep an eye on his status as the season approaches.

    Source: Ben Standig on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said Monday Gordon Hayward will have a minutes restriction of 25-to-30 minutes for the first few weeks of the season.

    This is as expected, given how horrific Hayward's injury was. Hayward may need some meaningful game-reps to shake off any potential mental barriers of returning. Once he gets going he should be a good bet for early-mid round value.

    Source: Brian Robb on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks

    Emmanuel Mudiay did not practice Monday due to a sprained right ankle.

    Mudiay has been terrible so far this preseason and has potentially played himself out of the rotation. Whoever ends up starting for the Knicks will likely be in an ugly timeshare that will have trouble producing fantasy value.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Lance Thomas - F - New York Knicks

    Lance Thomas (hip soreness) sat out Monday's practice.

    Thomas also missed Sunday's practice due to a sore knee. Two injuries in two days so close to the start of the season is not an encouraging sign. Thomas' status is one to monitor. If he is out, Mario Hezonja is likely next in line to start at power forward.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavericks have picked up the option on Dennis Smith Jr.'s contract for the 2019-2020 season.

    Not surprising to anyone. DSJ has shown improvement off-the-ball in the preseason along with his elite athleticism. He has a chance to form a dangerous tandem with Luka Doncic for a long time. He's got mid-round potential if his improvements carry into the regular season.

    Source: Dwain Price on Twitter

  • Vince Carter - G/F - Atlanta Hawks

    Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said Vince Carter will start the season opener against the Knicks.

    Carter has denied retirement right into the starting lineup for his age-41 season. He will be playing the four with John Collins out, but it's unlikely he gets enough minutes to hold fantasy value.

    Source: Michael Cunningham on Twitter

  • Trae Young - G - Atlanta Hawks

    Lloyd Pierce said Trae Young will start the season opener against the Knicks.

    The Hawks are clearly tanking and have no reason not to get Young the experience right away. Jeremy Lin has not looked fully healthy yet and Young has shown his highlight-reel shooting and passing throughout the preseason. Young should be able to get a healthy amount of points, 3-pointers, assists and steals, but his shot selection and turnovers will limit his value.

    Source: Michael Cunningham on Twitter

  • Jamal Crawford - G - Phoenix Suns

    Jamal Crawford has signed a one-year deal with the Suns, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Crawford provides much needed guard depth for Phoenix, although he's still not a true point guard. He can fill up the scoreboard quickly, but his defense and efficiency will limit his fantasy value. Even if he gets decent minutes, it will hard to roster him in standard leagues.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Justise Winslow - F/G - Miami Heat

    Justise Winslow was limited Monday with hamstring tightness.

    Winslow recently signed a new extension and seems to be staying in South Beach, unless things with Minnesota shift quickly. A hamstring injury two days before the season starts is not ideal. Winslow will have a hard time holding consistent fantasy value anyways due to Miami's crowded rotation. If he were to miss it would mean more minutes for Kelly Olynyk and possibly Derrick Jones Jr.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter