September 23, 2019, 1:20 pmChuma OkekePF, Orlando Magic
According to Shams Charania, the Magic plan to redshirt rookie Chuma Okeke, who is recovering from a torn left ACL.
Earlier in the summer Magic POBO Jeff Weltman said that he believed Okeke could return this season, but there's no rush for him to get back on the court. The 16th overall pick will be able to focus on rehab this season, and he's off the board in all redraft formats.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 10:59 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala was cooking on Wednesday night, scoring 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting in only 14 minutes of action.
Muscala knocked down 4-of-6 threes to do his damage. He remains a quality stretch big for fantasy purposes and should threaten top-200 numbers given the state of OKC's depth chart up front.
October 16, 2019, 10:57 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
With Chris Paul out on Wednesday, Dennis Schroder moved into the starting five but disappointed with eight points (3-of-9 shooting) and six assists.
Schroder added two threes and a steal so it wasn't a total waste but DFS players were hoping for much more. Though there are questions about his fit with CP3 and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander around, Schroder still figures to play a ton as the team's sixth man and could be in for a big finish if Paul gets traded or shut down. He's a fine selection in the last few rounds of all drafts. Danilo Gallinari also had an off night, going 3-of-12 from the field en route to 16 points and 10 rebounds.
October 16, 2019, 10:57 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon moved to the bench in Houston's preseason loss to the Spurs, finishing with 14 points (5-of-11 shooting) and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
It seems that Gordon will go back to providing a scoring punch to the second unit as Houston continues to tinker their lineup in the wake of the Gerald Green (broken left foot) injury. He'll get you tons of 3-pointers not matter where he plays, but with a lack of supporting stats to go with it, you could do better towards the end of your draft.
October 16, 2019, 10:54 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams briefly left Wednesday's game with an elbow injury but returned to post 12 points, nine rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes.
A light night at the office for Steve-O, who missed both of his free throw attempts. He's locked and loaded as a safe top-90 guy that could threaten top-50 numbers if he ever worked out his kinks at the charity stripe. The big takeaway here is that he's healthy.
October 16, 2019, 10:52 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 30 points (10-for-17 shooting) on Wednesday night, adding five 3-pointers and a steal to round out his effort.
This is a huge performance from Brooks, and very well-timed considering the recent speculation that Grayson Allen will start at shooting guard. Though there's deep-league scoring pop, the fact that Brooks managed zero rebounds or assists in this one underscores just how hollow his stat set is. Even if he starts, we're looking at top-225 value at best.
October 16, 2019, 10:52 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House Jr. started over Eric Gordon in Wednesday's 116-128 loss to the Spurs, finishing with just seven points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 30 minutes.
House Jr. is looking at a larger role with news that Gerald Green (foot) is expected to miss the entire season, but he displayed why that isn't exactly game-changing news for him from a fantasy perspective. He'll have games where he goes off from deep, but he is largely an afterthought in all but the deepest of leagues.
October 16, 2019, 10:50 pmTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones started in place of Ja Morant (rest) on Wednesday night and ended up with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 27 minutes of action.
Jones also shot 7-of-13 from the field. Although he'll probably be second fiddle to franchise player Morant, he's in a vastly better situation than he was last season in Minnesota. He remains a sneaky late-round option in all formats given the relative scarcity of assists late in drafts, and is also a player that most casual fantasy GMs will overlook.
October 16, 2019, 10:48 pmBruno CabocloSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Bruno Caboclo delivered 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 18 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Thunder.
Caboclo is likely to feel the squeeze this year given the additions of Jae Crowder and Brandon Clarke, plus better health for Jaren Jackson Jr. and Kyle Anderson, but he's making a case to carve out a consistent rotation role. He's a threat to pick up multiple cash counters in even 15 mpg and remains a viable flier in 16-team formats.
October 16, 2019, 10:48 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden put up a very James Harden line in Wednesday's preseason loss, scoring 40 points (13-of-27 shooting) to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Harden lead the charge for Houston while Russell Westbrook by contrast struggled to get things going (14 points on 3-of-13 shooting). The narrative for these two is how they will be able to mesh their gargantuan stat sets together. So far it's been a mix of one going off while the other struggles or even output from both that don't exacly mirror the hge numbers we're used to seeing out of them. They're both going to have relatively fine seasons, with Harden in particular still in contention to be the number one fantasy player again, but it's clear these two will experience growing pains as they continue to remember how to play with one another.
October 16, 2019, 10:46 pmGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen started again on Wednesday night but came away with just six points and four assists on 1-of-5 shooting.
There's been some momentum behind Allen starting on opening night but he was vastly outplayed by Dillon Brooks in this one, and Memphis was resting Ja Morant and Jae Crowder. Even if Allen earns a starting gig he's only a late-round option in deeper leagues, but he can definitely be added to all watch lists.