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    There are a handful of decent draft guides out there.

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    I’ve organized draft guide coverage for the past decade over at Rotoworld and what I can tell you is that it’s only as good as the backbone of the research. The backbone here is the Bruski 150. Unlike other rankings that just get thrown together, the B150 is made using proprietary algorithms, MONTHS of ALL DAY research, YEARS of experience and custom-built projections for nearly every player in the NBA (sorry Tim Quarterman).

    It is from this central point of analysis that the coverage gets built out and because the foundation is strong, the rest of the draft guide can get really aggressive.

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    Hoop-Ball.com

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    • Full 8/9 Category Projections (September 20)
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    We performed statistical analysis on thousands (28k+) of fantasy basketball leagues from the 2016-2017 season. The goal was to find out if there is a correlation between the size of the leagues and the amount of each stat you need to win the category.

    The answer is yes! We found exactly how much of each stat you need to compete in your league, and it depends on the league’s size.

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Fantasy News

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors will waive Alfonzo McKinnie, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    It's been quite a fall from grace for McKinnie, who was initially projected as the opening night starter at small forward after playing a solid role for the Warriors last season. He figures to land on his feet, while Golden State's wing rotation gets even thinner. Jacob Evans, Jordan Poole and Glenn Robinson III are going to get more minutes, while this move also means that Marquese Chriss has almost surely made the final roster.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Romeo Langford (right knee sprain) did non-contact work at Friday's practice and could return to full practice on Monday.

    Langford appears to have dodged a bullet with his latest injury, though this may cost him a rotation spot to start the season. He's still a late-round dynasty target but redraft players can take a wait-and-see approach.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that Robert Williams wasn't feeling great after Thursday's light work and has re-started the league's concussion protocol from step one.

    Williams was riding a stationary bike at Thursday's practice and today he was spotted getting some treadmill work in. There's no set timeline for a return from a concussion, so fantasy managers will just have to hope for the best. Williams is going to be one of the league's top block specialists this season but isn't necessarily someone that must be drafted in standard-sized formats.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Zak Irvin
    PG, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have waived Zak Irvin.

    The team just signed Irvin yesterday but he was always destined for the G League.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison, already on the mend from a hamstring injury, sustained another hamstring strain and will miss more time.

    Hutchison returned to a full practice on Monday but was scratched from Thursday's preseason game, and now we know why. His continued absence will give Denzel Valentine more ramp to recapture his old form after a year on the shelf.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Iman Shumpert
    SG, Free Agent

    The Bulls and Grizzlies are among teams that have spoken with Iman Shumpert, per Shams Charania.

    Shumpert is still one of the more notable players left on the market, though fantasy owners would probably want him to stay away from already-crowded spots in Chicago and Memphis. Wherever he signs, Shumpert is unlikely to impact the fantasy landscape.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Javonte Green
    PF, Boston Celtics

    Shams Charania reports that Javonte Green is likely the frontrunner for the Celtics' final roster spot.

    Boston converted Max Strus to a partially-guaranteed two-year deal last week, but he may still end up getting cut. Whoever wins the gig shouldn't be expected to play much this season.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Bennie Boatwright
    F, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies have signed forward Bennie Boatwright and waived Shaq Buchanan.

    While Boatwright will also soon be waived and sent to the G League, we do have a new contender for best name in the league.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will miss Friday's preseason finale with a sore groin.

    This news comes a day after Nick Nurse blasted the team's new acquisitions for not playing hard enough, so with RHJ missing his last chance to make an impression it's possible that he starts the year out of the rotation. There's no reason to target Hollis-Jefferson in the vast majority of formats, at least when the Raps are healthy.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson has avoided a serious injury to his right knee but is expected to miss "a period of weeks" according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    This is a massive blow to basketball fans, as Zion has been the story around the league during preseason. While a full recovery is expected, this will likely scare some fantasy managers off the rookies second-round draft price, and those of you who are betting on a speedy recovery may be able to snag Zion at a discount. He's looked unstoppable and wouldn't have a problem meeting that draft position, but he's carrying far more risk than he was 24 hours ago. As far as his replacements, this will open up more usage for everyone, and among the forward core we'll probably see more time for Brandon Ingram, Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli, with Ingram-at-PF minutes opening things up for the guards in smaller lineups.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter