April 10, 2019, 10:55 pmOtto Porter Jr.F, Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter Jr. played 56 games in 2018-19, but found success after his mid-season trade to the Bulls.
Porter was banged up all season with injuries including toe, personal, knee, quad, leg and shoulder, but still managed a good fantasy season. On the season as a whole, he finished in the top-60 in 8-cat and top-40 in 9-cat, but those jump up to 36 and 30 when only looking at his time on the Bulls. He played only 15 games in Chicago, but his scoring skyrocketed up to over 17 points per game, compared to his 12.6 points per game with Washington this season. His percentages also shot up, so while he's likely due for some regression, a change of scenery away from the toxicity that is the Wizards could have helped Porter raise his play. He should be locked into over 30 minutes per game as the starting small forward next season.
October 17, 2019, 1:50 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving (facial contusion) may have his minutes limited but should still receive "significant" playing time in Friday's preseason finale.
Irving sustained a facial fracture before the preseason began, and despite an aggravation it was never expected to sideline him into the regular season. The playing time news is big for DFS players, so expect Uncle Drew to be a popular pick on Friday.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 1:38 pmMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner (illness) sat out Thursday's practice.
A few different Pacers have missed time with illness lately, so this isn't a cause for concern. Turner should be good to go for the regular season and is coming off draft boards in the third round, so be prepared for that investment if you want some action with last season's leading shot-blocker.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 1:25 pmShaquille HarrisonPG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls will be without Shaq Harrison and Chandler Hutchison for Thursday's preseason finale as they continue to battle their respective hamstring injuries.
Harrison returned to a full practice on Monday so his continued absence is a bit surprising, but we're expecting him to return for the regular season given that the Bulls haven't reported any setbacks. Hutchison was expected to be out for longer than Harrison and his opening night is in jeopardy, though the team should issue an update in the coming days. Neither player is on the radar in leagues with fewer than 20 teams.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 17, 2019, 1:14 pmWendell Carter Jr.PF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls will try and get their starters four stints in Thursday's preseason finale, except for Wendell Carter Jr., who is expected to get around 24 minutes of playing time.
Carter just made his preseason debut on Sunday and was limited to 17 minutes, so the Bulls will continue to ease him in after he underwent core muscle surgery and then battled a tailbone injury in the offseason. The talented sophomore remains a strong middle-round pick with upside in fantasy drafts, but DFS players may want to look for higher-minute options as teams run dress rehearsals in their final preseason contests.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 1:09 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam's representatives are on the way to Toronto and will discuss a contract extension in the coming days, according to Michael Grange of SportsNet.
This follows a report from Chris Haynes that called a Siakam extension "almost a certainty," and both sides have been public in their desire to get a deal done. While Siakam is almost surely aiming for a max contract, the Raptors may not want to go quite that high in hopes of leaving as much cap space as possible for the summer of 2021. Even so, Siakam is the team's next building block and this doesn't figure to turn into a contentious negotiation. The deadline for an extension is October 21.
October 17, 2019, 12:50 pmTerence DavisG-F, Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse expects Terence Davis to start the season playing mostly off-ball at shooting guard.
The Raptors have a quality PG duo in Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, and Davis is competing for third-string minutes with Cam Payne. Rather than have the rookie sit on the bench, the Raptors will try and develop him at shooting guard in order to get him some minutes in the rotation. Though limited time at point guard limits Davis' fantasy potential, he showed an interesting stat set this summer and is worth a late look in leagues with 20 or more teams.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 12:45 pmRobert Williams IIIC-F, Boston Celtics
Robert Williams has been placed in concussion protocol, though he was riding a stationary bike at Thursday's practice.
Williams left Tuesday's game after getting hit in the head with an errant elbow from Kevin Love. He was competing for the starting center spot but that seems likely to go to Daniel Theis now. Williams will be an excellent source of blocks in deeper leagues but he's not someone that needs to be drafted in 12-team formats.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 12:43 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum, who missed Tuesday's game in Cleveland with an illness, returned to practice on Thursday.
Tatum will be ready to go for the regular season and is shaping up as a solid top-50 pick with upside.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 12:39 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse said he's still undecided about starting Norman Powell or Fred VanVleet at shooting guard, and that the situation could change game-to-game.
The current consensus is that VanVleet spends the most time starting, but Powell makes more sense in matchups against larger two-guards. Patrick McCaw may also factor in, assuming his recent knee injury doesn't keep him out of action for long. VanVleet makes for a nice draft target in the late-middle rounds while Powell can be considered a last-round dart in 12-team formats.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 12:31 pmZak IrvinPG, New York Knicks
The Knicks have signed guard Zak Irvin.
Irvin played with the Knicks' G League affiliate in Westchester last season and was with New York for Summer League, but he's not going to make the final roster with the big club. Expect another transaction that sends him down to the G League before the season starts.
Source: Zak Irvin on Twitter