October 27, 2018, 10:39 pmJeremy LambG, Charlotte Hornets
Jeremy Lamb had a lackluster performance on Saturday with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one trey.
Lamb is a buy-low target thanks to his diverse stat line, when he gets to deliver it. This game should only serve to reinforce that opportunity.
October 18, 2019, 10:28 amKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre may come off the bench behind Mikal Bridges this season.
Between January and March of last season, Kelly Oubre ranked in the top 40 by averaging 19 points, 1.8 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1 block on 46% shooting from the field, encouragingly sporting a mid-20s usage rate in 31 minutes per game. However, as good as Oubre has been, Mikal Bridges is a better defensive specialist both in reality and in fantasy, so it makes sense to pair him next to Booker and Ayton. This news is far from a death knell on Oubre's fantasy value, as the expectation had been that he'd serve as the team's best player off the bench. The bump in usage may offset lower minutes, so target him confidently in the middle rounds and keep Bridges on your radar a few rounds after Oubre comes off the board.
Source: The Athletic
October 18, 2019, 9:43 amMatisse ThybulleSG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Brett Brown suggests rookie Matisse Thybulle could be the first player off the bench for the Sixers this season.
When asked whether he'd be comfortable having the rookie in the opening night rotation, Brett Brown said that that's the direction he's leaning in. Given Philadelphia's lack of depth, having a versatile player like Thybulle on the wings makes sense in Brown's second unit. Thybulle would only need minutes in the mid-20s to hit value for fantasy managers, so he's quickly become a name to target in the back end fantasy drafts with this news for his upside in the defensive categories alone.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times
October 18, 2019, 9:27 amDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson has played himself into the Miami Heat's regular rotation, and may be a candidate to start at small forward.
Duncan Robinson has started three of the last four preseason games at SF for the Heat, putting up a line of 17 points (5-of-10 shooting), four threes, and a block while remaining perfect from the line in the preseason finale. Spoelstra typically runs a deep rotation and he said that he wanted to play his best ten guys on Thursday. Robinson will need to remain efficient to be worth monitoring, but his insertion into Spoelstra's rotation likely means that the Heat will employ a committee at the three, complicating the minutes situation for late-round flier Derrick Jones, Jr. Robinson is more of a three-point stream option to put on watch lists in deeper leagues while Jones remains a worthy late-round dart throw.
October 18, 2019, 2:04 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard checked in for Thursday's preseason finale against the Mavs and put up 13 points, three rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Leonard took full advantage of some sloppy play from Luka Doncic to help make up for his poor 5-of-19 shooting performance. Kawhi's inching up closer to the middle points of the first round in fantasy drafts, and where you select him depends entirely on your tolerance for potential nights off.
October 18, 2019, 2:02 amLandry ShametSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Despite 37 minutes in Thursday's preseason game, Landry Shamet finished with five points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 2-of-10 shooting line.
The Clippers look prepared to give Shamet major minutes this season on the wing and at point guard, but his preseason play has been lackluster. We're going to chalk this up to a weirdly-timed slump and continue drafting Shamet in the later rounds of all drafts.
October 18, 2019, 2:00 amPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley (calf) and Lou Williams (rest) sat out of Thursday's preseason game with the Mavs.
No need for the Clippers, who figure to do lots of load managing, to force either of their vets through a meaningless game. Beverley's calf injury is suspected to be minor but we'll keep an eye on it as the season approaches.
October 18, 2019, 1:53 amJustin JacksonSF, Dallas Mavericks
Justin Jackson notched 18 points off the bench in Thursday's 102-87 win over the Clippers, adding six rebounds and three triples to round out his game.
Jackson ends his preseason on a strong note and it looks like he'll hold a solid rotation role for Dallas, and may even start if the forward core suffers injuries. That said, he's always been a weak fantasy play and would need immense volume to change anyone's mind.
October 18, 2019, 1:51 amMoses BrownC, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have converted Moses Brown's training camp deal into a two-way contract.
It's a nice climb for Brown, who went undrafted out of UCLA. Portland's center depth could be tested if Hassan Whiteside misses time because of his sprained ankle but we'd be surprised if Brown saw much action at the NBA level this year.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 18, 2019, 1:41 amDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Neither Dorian Finney-Smith (hip flexor) nor Seth Curry (right knee contusion) played in Thursday's preseason finale.
There's no reason for the Mavs to push either player through this, though we'll keep an eye out for updates before the real games begin. Both figure to be important reserves and should be able to deliver top-250 value in fantasy, if that means anything to you.
October 18, 2019, 1:39 amKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis needed only 23 minutes to produce 18 points, 13 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in Thursday's preseason win over the Clippers.
Luka Doncic, not to be outdone, added 13 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers of his own, though nine turnovers were pretty ugly. It wasn't always pretty but it's obvious that this young dynamic duo will threaten early-round value for as long as they're on the court. How much they're on the court, Porzingis is particular, is the question.