• Zach LaVine started for injured Ricky Rubio (ankle) on Friday against the Kings, scoring 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.

    LaVine did not have a steal or block and he’s going to be a must-start player anytime he has access to unfettered minutes.  He actually has top-100 value this season in just 24.6 mpg, but his neon green light seems a bit excessive and his percentages are on the high side.  One factor that might be overlooked in assessing his value, or in other words making him undervalued, is his current 90.7 percent mark from the foul line.  He hit 84.2 percent from the stripe, and he may end up being an elite free throw percentage guy at this rate.  Rubio could be back at any time.

Fantasy News

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving, who missed time with a facial contusion, practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday.

    This is good news for his availability going forward. Irving should be selected by the second round this season in most leagues.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Terrence Ross
    SG, Orlando Magic

    Terrence Ross, who was dealing with an ankle sprain, practiced on Wednesday.

    Ross could play in Thursday's preseason game as well. He was a solid reserve last season, scoring 15.1 points to go with 3.1 rebounds.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic, who had a left ankle sprain, practiced on Wednesday and could play Thursday against the Heat.

    This is positive news for Vucevic owners. He should be one of the first few centers selected in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw missed practice and will have an MRI on his injured knee.

    Raptors coach Nick Nurse does not believe that it's a serious injury. Either way, McCaw is not very valuable in fantasy.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • James Johnson
    PF, Miami Heat

    James Johnson will miss Thursday's game against the Magic as he works on conditioning.

    This has been an ongoing story during Heat training camp. Johnson was expected to play on Monday but was held out of that game as well. He only projects as a bench player at this point.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Michael Frazier II
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Michael Frazier II, who has a right ankle sprain, will not play during Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Frazier has missed about two weeks with this injury. He is not a major fantasy target in any case.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Evan Turner
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Evan Turner, who has dealt with left Achilles pain, has been labeled as probable to play on Wednesday.

    This has been a nagging issue for Turner but does not seem too serious. Turner doesn't carry much fantasy appeal as a reserve for the Hawks.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kadeem Allen
    SG, New York Knicks

    Kadeem Allen is questionable to face the Hawks on Wednesday due to a strained right foot.

    Allen has been fighting this injury for much of training camp. Allen showed some good range last season, but how much playing time he gets going forward is in question.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jalen Jones
    G, Washington Wizards

    The Wizards have signed guard Jalen Jones to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Jones averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Cavs last campaign. He is off the fantasy radar at this point.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Ray Spalding
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Rockets forward Ray Spalding will miss Wednesday's game with the Spurs due to a left calf strain.

    Spalding was recently claimed off waivers by the Rockets but now finds himself on the injury report. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report