• Joel Embiid
    F/C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid will play through his minor ankle injury on Saturday against the Hornets

    Embiid should have a field day manhandling the Hornets thin frontcourt, making him a strong DFS play. The Hornets will likely counter by going ultra-small, so it will be interesting to see how the big man fares against that strategy.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

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  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague didn't shoot well but had a solid night on Tuesday, providing nine points (3-for-14 FGs, 2-for-3 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Teague isn't the solid bet to finish inside the top-50 that he used to be, but he's a great value around pick 90 where he's been going in drafts.

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. (hip) shot 3-for-9 from the field for eight points, three boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    KPJ has had an up-and-down preseason and offseason in terms of fantasy talent go, but it was nice to see him back on the floor after his hip injury. His path to playing time is a bit crowded to start the season, but he could see more time later in the season once the Cavs begin their youth movement.

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Coming off of a 17-point performance off the bench, Jake Layman didn't do much with a starting opportunity on Tuesday as he put up 10 points (3-for-7 FGs, 2-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Layman is under consideration for the starting small forward position in Minnesota. He had some good stretches last season, but he'll need to show more consistency to be considered in standard leagues. If he wins the job, keep a close watch on him.

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Darius Garland (ankle) shot 6-for-13 from field and 5-for-6 from the line for 20 points with two boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Garland looked over his ankle injury and moved well in this one. Similar to Collin Sexton, Garland has been good for scoring but is having trouble filling up the rest of the stat sheet. On a thin Cavs team, Garland is a deep-flier but is better suited for points leagues.

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Robert Covington filled up the box with 10 points (4-for-10 FGs), 19 rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and two threes in a victory over the Pacers on Tuesday.

    There may be no reason for concern over Covington's injury issues. This is a classic stat line from possibly the best player in the league when it comes to combined threes, steals and blocks. Covington can easily get back into the top-30 if he's able to play a full season.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid lit up the Pistons with 24 points (8-for-18 FGs, 8-for-8 FTs), eight rebounds and a block in just 22 minutes in a 106-86 victory over the Pistons in Philadelphia.

    Embiid looks like he's ready to go for the regular season. He's shown us what to expect out of him over the past few seasons. Optimists will hope for top-10 value on a per-game basis in about 70 games this season. He's a risky pick in the top-15.

  • Norvel Pelle
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Norvel Pelle went 6-for-7 from the field and hit his only free throw, good for 13 points, four rebounds and five blocks in just 12 minutes on Tuesday night in a winning effort.

    Pelle is on a two-way contract right now, so he's not likely to get enough minutes to matter in fantasy this year. However, he did block 3.0 shots per game in under 23 minutes over 36 G League games last season. Just someone to know for the future, though he is already 26. Fellow reserve center Kyle O'Quinn had 11 boards, 5 dimes and two blocks in 14 minutes off the bench.

  • Collin Sexton
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Collin Sexton shot 7-for-14 from the field for 20 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    The Celtics were starting mostly backups and Sexton took advantage, but mostly in the points column. He hasn't shown an ability to fill up the stat sheet just yet outside of points and threes, so he can't be seen as anything more than a late-round pick in standard drafts this season.

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle racked up four more steals and two more blocks in a win over the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Thybulle chipped in seven points (2-for-5 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs), six rebounds, one assist and one triple in his 25 minutes. Most fantasy players know what Thybulle can bring. It's the insane steals and blocks numbers that he's brought with him from college. He should be in the rotation this season, but he may not get enough run to be rostered in standard leagues quite yet.

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Christian Wood came off the bench on Tuesday and had 19 points (7-for-14 FGs, 5-for-6 FTs), 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 24 minutes against the Sixers.

    Wood appears to be fighting for a roster spot, and he's had a pair of games during the preseason that are reminiscent of the incredible stretch he had to end last season. If he finds himself in another rebuilding situation, he could have plenty of value. Otherwise, he's probably just going to put up good games sporadically. His likely competition for that roster spot, Joe Johnson, had just three points in 17 minutes.