Fantasy Blurbs

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby will join Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol in the starting unit for Tuesday's season-opening game against the Pelicans.

    VanVleet, who was in line for mnites either way, gets a boost in value now that he's the confirmed starter for the Raptors. Norman Powell could still push for 20+ minutes as the first guard/wing off the bench.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Andre Iguodala remains away from the team and will not play in Wednesday's season opener.

    The Grizzlies remain steadfast in their desire to trade Iguodala rather than buy him out. This saga may drag out to the trade deadline. Iguodala can be left on the waiver wire while this situation plays itself out.

    Source: NBA Injury report

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. is being listed as probable for Wednesday's matchup against the Hornets.

    Carter is ready to roll for the season opener and has the potential for a big season if he can stay healthy. That has proven to be a big if so far in his young career.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little (left ankle sprain) is available to play in Wednesday's tilt against the Nuggets.

    Little doesn't hold much value as he battles for backup minutes with a host of players.

    Source: Jay Allen on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside (left ankle sprain) is good to go for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Whiteside practiced without limitations on Monday, and now we have official confirmation that he will play. Whiteside has proven to be elite in rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage in limited minutes, and has the potential for a career-year with the shortage of options in the Blazers frontcourt.

    Source: Jay Allen on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    Team, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams (concussion) is no longer being listed on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Sixers.

    Williams has the requisite size to match up with Embiid and may find himself in the starting C spot as the Celtics employ a mix-and-match strategy there. He is hard to trust outside of being a blocks specialist.

    Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    Kevon Looney (left hamstring strain) said that he is 95 percent sure that he is going to play in Thursday's season opener against the Clippers.

    With Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot strain) ruled out for the game already, the Warriors are going to need Looney out there. Marquese Chriss would be in line for substantial run should Looney not be able to go.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Eric Bledsoe (ribs) and Wesley Matthews will start against the Rockets on Thursday.

    This is a big win for fantasy owners as Bledsoe will end up missing no games after fracturing rib cartilage only 11 days ago. Bledsoe has been a reliable fantasy cntributor throughout his career and will look to keep it going.

    Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Coach John Beilein said that Darius Garland (ankle) is the probable starter at PG for the Cavs when they take on the Magic on Wednesday.

    It only makes sense to start your prized top-5 pick on opening night, assuming he is healthy on this thin Cavs team. Garland will have a tough first assignment against the Magic's strong defense.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

  • Allonzo Trier
    PG, New York Knicks

    Allonzo Trier is a candidate to start for the Knicks when they take on the Spurs in Wednesday's season opener.

    Mitchell Robinson sprained his ankle in Monday's practice, and the team is looking at altering the rotation if he can't go. An interesting wrinkle is that even with a healthy Robinson, Trier is still under consideration as the team liked the way he and RJ Barrett look together. The Knicks have a few options to go if they choose this route with quite a lot of fantasy implications. Stay tuned.

    Source: SNY

  • John Henson
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Coach John Beilein said that John Henson (right groin strain) participated in some 'half-court things' on Tuesday and didn't completely rule the big man out for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    It's a vague assessment of where Henson is, but he is at least moving in the right direction. Henson will back up Tristan Thompson at C when he returns.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter (right knee pain) reportedly looked good in practice on Tuesday and has a chance to play in Thursday's matchup with the Pistons if he is healthy enough.

    Huerter missed the entire preseason as he worked his way back from a lingering knee issue, but has made real progress the past few days. His return is a big boost to the team's shooting on the wings. Cam Reddish and DeAndre Bembry would see an increase in minutes if Huerter can't go.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (illness) will play against the Sixers on Wednesday.

    Hayward is battling an illness but is was never a threat to keep him out of the opening night lineup. Feel free to play Hayward as you normally would.

    Source: Clevis Murray on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison (hamstring) has started to increase his workload but has yet to resume practicing.

    Hutchison is slotted to come off the bench as a backup SF but will need to prove he can get and stay healthy first. He can be ignored in fantasy circles right now.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Dwight Powell
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Dwight Powell (left hamstring strain) will not play in the Mavs next two games on Wednesday vs. the Wizards or Friday vs. the Pelicans at minimum.

    Powell was already set to miss the first game, but now there's confirmation of missing the first two. There is hope that he can return soon after, but he hasn't practiced in full since October 5th. Maxi Kleber and Boban Majanovic are in line for an increase in minutes, and Kleber is worth a look.

    Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter