• James Harden
    G, Houston Rockets

    James Harden put the finishing touches on another dominant season with 39 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder.

    Your fantasy MVP of the 2018-2019 season is the Beard. Harden continues to etch his name in the record books with a scoring spree only Wilt Chamberlain has matched and he joins Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 35 points and seven assists in a season. The Rockets team dealt with an unlucky amount of injuries to their entire rotation which pushed Harden to to his upper limits. He finishes the year averaging 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 4.8 3s on .442 shooting from the floor and .878 shooting at the line on 11.0 attempts a game. He's mastered the step-back and one of the best isolation scorers in the history of the sport has now added an improved floater to his game. The extra work put into his conditioning and strength training has shown on the court and excluding the lockout season, the lowest amount of games Harden has played in a season is 72. One of the most reliable players in fantasy sports, Harden is one of the safest picks you can nab in the top spot on draft day.

Fantasy News

  • Pau Gasol
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Pau Gasol (left foot surgery) will not not be ready to play by opening night.

    Gasol has been working his way back from from surgery but will not have a big role this season regardless. The Blazers also brought in Hasan Whiteside to man center, while Jusuf Nurkic recovers.

    Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter

  • Mike Conley
    Team, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz and Quin Snyder have agreed to a contract extension.

    Snyder had two years left on his current deal, but the team wanted to lock up their head coach for the longterm before the season started. Snyder has a winning percentage of .606 over the past three seasons.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Ryan Anderson
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Ryan Anderson may spend some time at backup center this season.

    Though Anderson has typically been a power forward throughout his career, the Rockets think he can function as a capable small-ball five to open up driving lanes for their star guards. "It’s definitely a role we talked about here. I think it’s something I can be really effective at. This team can play in a lot of different ways. I think center could be a good title now," Anderson said. He's a 3-point specialist in deep formats but the fact that he'll have a new route to playing time increases his stock marginally.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. was a full participant in Saturday's practice.

    Typically there's no need to update a player who played in their last game, but Carter has dealt with multiple injuries throughout the offseason and tweaked his thumb prior to Thursday's preseason finale. Fantasy managers should keep their fingers crossed that WCJ can keep this clean bill of health throughout the season, as the talented sophomore has top-60 upside if everything breaks right for him.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Shaquille Harrison
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Shaq Harrison (hamstring) was able to return to a full practice on Saturday.

    Harrison battled the injury throughout preseason but he looks to be getting healthy at the right time. Consider him a viable option for steals in deep formats, though he won't play enough to impact standard-sized leagues outside of pure streaming situations.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Donte Grantham
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have waived Donte Grantham.

    Grantham, who was on a two-way contract with the Thunder last season, surfaced with LA but couldn't win a spot on the opening night roster. Expect him to head to the G League.

    Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter

  • Caleb Martin
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets have given a two-way contract to Caleb Martin.

    Martin is the brother of Hornets' draft pick Cody, and he's done well to crack the final roster after agreeing to a partially guaranteed deal in July. We wouldn't expect to see him log much time this season but Martin could find minutes if the Hornets start benching their veterans.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchinson (left hamstring strain) is still not ready to be given an appropriate timetable to return.

    Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said he has been encouraged by his progress over the past few days, but is not near returning. Hutchinson will be primarily backing up Otto Porter at small forward and does not need to be drafted in standard leagues.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Ahmed Hill
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets have waived guard Ahmed Hill, who was on a two-way contract.

    Charlotte opened up a two-way contract slot to give to Caleb Martin. Hill is likely headed for the G League, though he may land with another organization given the two-way contract shuffling that will happen in the next few days.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Ivan Rabb
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies have waived Ivan Rabb, Miles Plumlee and Bennie Boatwright.

    The most interesting name here is Rabb, who showed flashes of productivity whenever the Grizzlies were ravaged by injuries over his two seasons. The big man was once a top prospect despite his draft night slide two years back and it wouldn't be surprising to see another team take a chance on him. While Boatwright is headed to the G League, Plumlee's prospects are far murkier. There's no change to the fantasy landscape here.

    Source: Grizzles PR on Twitter