Fantasy News

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Shams Charania is reporting that there's growing optimism around Victor Oladipo's playing status for the Orlando restart.

    Oladipo's mind may have been swayed by "multiple strong team practices" inside the bubble, and he has been able to play full 5-on-5 scrimmages. He previously decided to sit out so he could continue to rehab his quad tendon to full strength. Expect another update on Oladipo's status in the coming days. His choice could have a major effect on the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has tested 322 players for COVID-19 inside their Disney World bubble, with two positive results.

    Those two players never cleared quarantine and have left the Orlando bubble to self-isolate and quarantine. Any spread of the virus inside Disney World would likely signal the end of the entire NBA season, so expect them to act swiftly if anyone tests positive.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Andre Roberson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Andre Roberson managed a full practice session on Monday as he attempts to return from a surgically repaired left knee.

    Roberson could see some action for the Thunder as the NBA restarts if he continues to progress well. While Roberson hasn't played an NBA game for more than two years, his defense can still be an asset if he can stay on the court. He's still not a recommended play even as a cheap DFS flier.

    Source: Royce Young on Twitter

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    While Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that nothing is certain, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start in the spot vacated by Avery Bradley.

    Because Bradley opted out of the NBA restart, KCP could see an expanded role going forward. Caldwell-Pope shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range on a high volume of shots, but his game is not especially well-rounded for fantasy purposes. He should see more than his season average of 25.4 minutes per game, though.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Despite a late-season injury, Tyler Herro managed top-190 value in 8-category leagues as a rookie.

    While Herro started just six games, he averaged 27.2 minutes per contest. The rookie out of Kentucky scored 12.9 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.6 steals. An ankle injury limited him to 47 appearances and his fantasy contributions are mostly limited to scoring. However, 39.1 percent shooting behind the arc means that Herro could give Kendrick Nunn a run for his minutes when the NBA resumes play.

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Meyers Leonard struggled to produce top-280 value in 8-category leagues while playing just 20.1 minutes per game in 2019-20.

    Leonard averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists but didn't receive enough playing time to merit a roster spot in most leagues. A talented Heat frontcourt featuring Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, and Derrick Jones Jr. did not help his cause. While Leonard sank nearly 43 percent of his 3-point attempts, his free-throw shooting plummeted to 65.4 percent. Leonard didn't contribute much in the way of defensive stats, either.

  • Duncan Robinson
    F, Miami Heat

    After a quiet rookie season, Duncan Robinson held top-120 value in 8-category leagues while scorching the nets from long range during 2019-20.

    Robinson made nearly four triples per contest while hitting 44.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.5 steals per game in his sophomore campaign. What's more, Robinson was a top-90 player for owners who grabbed him in 9-category formats. The 90.6 percent free-throw shooting doesn't hurt, either.

  • Jae Crowder
    PF, Miami Heat

    Jae Crowder's February trade to the Heat helped him finish the 2019-20 fantasy season with top-120 value in 8-category leagues.

    Crowder actually cracked the top 100 in 9-category formats. He shot just 29.3 percent from deep in 45 games with the Grizzlies, but that jumped to 39.3 percent during 13 contests in a Heat uniform. Overall, Crowder averaged 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. However, don't bank on him producing massive numbers if he plays for another contender next season.

  • Richaun Holmes
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Richaun Holmes had to begin a 10-day quarantine period after leaving the Orlando bubble to pick up food.

    Holmes was apparently expecting a delivery but left the Disney campus to get it. According to Shams Charania, there are eight days left in his quarantine. The Kings are slated to begin their schedule on July 31.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    According to Goran Dragic, teammates Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn are not practicing with the Heat on Monday.

    Adebayo and Nunn missed practice on Friday as well. Derrick Jones Jr. previously tested positive for COVID-19 before being cleared for action. However, it's unknown why Adebayo and Nunn have still not appeared on the court.

    Source: NBC Sports

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