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Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL10/21/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Magic center Nikola Vucevic has signed a four-year contract extension.
Insight: It is worth $53 million, which is a nice pay day for Orlando's starting center. Owners should take Vucevic early in drafts, and have fun while he fills stat sheets.
Randy Foye, G, DEN10/21/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye will open up the season as the backup shooting guard.
Insight: He had a solid season in 2013-14 (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), and started 72 games, but the addition of Aaron Afflalo and the return of Danillo Gallinari might make it tough for him to repeat those numbers. Owners can target Foye late in drafts.
Wilson Chandler, G/F, DEN10/21/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Denver small forward Wilson Chandler will have an uncertain role entering the season.
Insight: He is the backup to Danillo Gallinari, but with Gallinari's injury history, Chandler could see extended time. However, with Gallo looking good during the preseason, we cannot reccomend even a late-round pick on Chandler.
JaVale McGee, C, DEN10/21/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Denver center JaVale McGee has yet to play in the preseason.
Insight: Talent has never been an issue with McGee, but putting it all together has been. McGee may be worth a flier towards the end of drafts, but after averaging only 7.0 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game last season, we at TSN are not hopeful of McGee producing at a reasonable rate.
J.J. Hickson, C, DEN10/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Denver center J.J. Hickson is still recovering from knee surgery, but could be taking the court any day now.
Insight: He is the direct backup at power forward, but if Hickson is able to get healthy, he could also see time at center. He will start the season serving a five-game suspension, and will most likely go undrafted in most fantasy drafts. However, Hickson is a name to keep an eye on, as he has the potential to be average close to a double-double.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN10/21/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson should be picked early in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Lawson fills the stat sheet, and is arguably Denver's best player. The fact that he averaged 17.6 points per game last season, to go along with his 8.8 assists per game, makes Lawson very worthy of a third-round selection.
Arron Afflalo, G, DEN10/21/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo is an enticing fantasy option for the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He averaged 18.2 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field, along with draining 1.8 three-points per game last season with the Magic. Now, entering his first season in Denver, it will tough to duplicate those numbers, as there are a lot of mouths to feed. However, we feel that drafting Afflalo anywhere starting in the ninth round is appropriate value.
Timofey Mozgov, C, DEN10/21/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov enters the season as Denver's starting big-man.
Insight: He does have JaVale McGee breathing down his neck, but Mozgov has proven to be more reliable since last season. Owners should target him late in drafts, but should not expect much more than the 9.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game, Mozgov averaged in 2013-14.
Kenneth Faried, F, DEN10/21/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried could be line for a breakout season.
Insight: After averaging 13.7 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 0.9 blocks per game, 0.9 steals per game, and shooting 55 percent from the field last season, Faried will have every opportunity to improve on those numbers in 2014-15. He clearly looked like an improved player when he suited up for the United States National team this past summer, and fantasy owners are hoping that play carries over to this season.
Danilo Gallinari, F, DEN10/21/2014 5:02:00 PM
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has potential to be a sleeper for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Insight: After missing last season due to knee surgery, Gallinari has looked good during the preseason. He should provide owners with a nice dose of points and three-pointers, making him a desirable middle-to-late-round pick.
Danny Green, G, SAN10/21/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Spurs guard Danny Green's play improved over the course of last season and by April he was a low-end viable option.
Insight: Green's season-long numbers aren't great, but has has shot over 41 percent from beyond the arc for three straight seasons. We're projecting 8.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg.
Tiago Splitter, C, SAN10/21/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: San Antonio starting center Tiago Splitter is already dealing with nagging injuries after playing just 59 games last season.
Insight: In fact, Splitter has only played more than 60 games once in his four NBA seasons and his production isn't worth waiting for. Figure him for 7.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg.
Manu Ginobili, SG, SAN10/21/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Spurs veteran guard Manu Ginobili is not on this season's recommended list.
Insight: Ginobili simply can't stay healthy and also seemed to hold back until playoff time. If you want a guy who gives you 11 points, three rebounds and four assists for about 60 games, Ginobili is your guy. Most fantasy owners want more.
Kawhi Leonard, F, SAN10/21/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: We loved what we saw out of San Antonio small forward Kawhi Leonard last season and in particular in the playoffs and expect that improvement to continue in Year 4.
Insight: Leonard was awarded the NBA Finals MVP for his contributions and while we don't think he can play 82 games at that level we're looking for him to improve on last season by racking up 14.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg. He's also got huge upside if one of the "old guys" goes down to injury.
Tony Parker, G, SAN10/21/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker must continue to shoulder a big part of the San Antonio offense as Tim Duncan's career winds down.
Insight: Parker's numbers fell last season after a huge 2012-13. Though only 32-years-old, he's played a lot of basketball, starting with the Spurs at age 19. We still think he's got more in the tank and rebounds to post around 18.5 ppg and 7.5 apg.
Tim Duncan, F/C, SAN10/21/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Spurs forward Tim Duncan is no longer the "Big Fundamenta,l" but he's still a pretty good player and a solid fantasy option.
Insight: Where once he would score 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds every night like clockwork, he still averaged 15.1 ppg and 9..7 rpg last season. But with it comes the occasional night off that a 38-year-old with almost 1,500 games played requires.
Kirk Hinrich, G, CHI10/20/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has very little fantasy value with the return of point guard Derick Rose this season.
Insight: There is always a chance that Rose suffers yet another injury to his knee, but even without Rose last season, Hinrich averaged just 9.1 points per game with a 39 percent shooting percentage. He is not worth targeting in standard drafts.
Doug McDermott, F, CHI10/20/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Rookie Doug McDermott will have to earn his playing time with hard-noised coach Tom Thibodeau.
Insight: That being said, Chicago traded up to draft McDemott because of his raw talent and ability to score. McDermott will take minutes away from veteran Mike Dunleavy, and owners should expect McDermott to shoot a tremendous percentage playing on such a great passing team.
Taj Gibson, PF, CHI10/20/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: As far as drafting bench players goes, Bulls forward Taj Gibson should be one of the top bench players taken in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Gibson averaged 19.3 PPG, 2.8 APG, 9.8 RPG, and 1.8 BPG in seven starts last season. The front court is crowded in Chicago, but should Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol go down, Gibson will start and Chicago shouldn't miss a beat. He will be a great sixth man as well, which makes him a late value pickup in fantasy.
Joakim Noah, C, CHI10/20/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah is the top fantasy player in Chicago this season.
Insight: The hype will likely surround the return of Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, but Noah is the best fantasy asset in Chicago. He averaged 12.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor last season. It will be extremely hard for Noah to repeat those numbers with Rose back and with the addition of Pau Gasol, but there is still plenty to like about Noah.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI10/20/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol is a solid big man to target in the middle rounds.
Insight: With the position so thin, Gasol has quite a bit of value in fantasy drafts this season. Gasol may not score as much as he did in Los Angeles, but he will likely average close to a double-double per game with 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. He is also one of the best passers at the center position. We expect 3.7 assists per game.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F, CHI10/20/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy has very little upside in fantasy basketball this season.
Insight: Dunleavy averaged 32 minutes per game last season, but we expect that to take a tip with rookie Doug McDermott in the rotation. Dunleavy can provide a boost in leagues with 3-pointers, but that is about it.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHIHot10/20/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is averaging 18 points on 60 percent shooting from the field this preseason.
Insight: NBA.com reported Butler is crediting his great play this preseason to his rigorous offseason training. He came in 10 pounds lighter and more focused than last season. That's what fantasy owners love to hear.
Derrick Rose, G, CHI10/20/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants his star point guard to improve upon his defense this season according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Rose said he is used to that kind of criticism from his coach. Fantasy owners likely don't care much about Rose playing better defense. In his last full season, he averaged 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game, which owners would love to take with his 7-plus assist average and 20-plus points per night.
Chris Kaman, C, POR10/20/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Portland center Chris Kaman should be left on waivers for the upcoming fantasy baskeball season.
Insight: After averaging 10.4 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and 1.0 blocked shots per game, last season with the Lakers, Kaman will most likely be unable to reach that production in 2014-15. Barring injury, stay away from Kaman.
Damian Lillard, PG, POR10/20/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Blazers point guard Damian Lillard should be selectedin the second round of fantasy drafts.
Insight: He averaged 20.7 points per game, 5.6 assists per game andmade 2.7 three-pointers per game, last season. We would like to see his assist numbers go up, but that should not sway owners from taking him early in drafts.
Wesley Matthews, G, POR10/20/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Portland shooting guard Wesley Matthews is coming off a fine statistical season.
Insight: He averaged 16.4 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field, 39 percent from three, and 84 percent from the line. As a result, owners can take Matthews starting in the early-fifth round.
Nicolas Batum, F, POR10/20/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Portland small forward Nicolas Batum should be considered an early-round pick for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Insight: Batum is notable for filling stat sheets, as he averaged 13.0 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 5.1 assists per game, 0.9 steals per game, 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point land, and 80 percent from the free throw line last season. Batum should be off the board by the end of the second round.
Robin Lopez, C, POR10/20/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Blazers center Robin Lopez is a player that owners could forget about on draft day, but shouldn't.
Insight: He is not as sexy of a pick, as his brother Brook is, but Robin is a valauble fantasy player. He averaged 11.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game (Brook averaged 6.0 RPG), and 1.7 blocks per game last season. Lopez enters 2014-15 as Portland's starting center, and fantasy owners can begin to think about drafting him, starting in the seventh round.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR10/20/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be looking to build off a career-season.
Insight: Last season, Aldridge averaged 23.2 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and shot 82 percent from the free throw line, which were all career-highs. He also has career-averages of 1.0 blocks per game, 0.8 steals per game, and shoots 40 percent from the field. As a result, Aldridge should not fall further than the begining of the second round, and it would not be a poor decision, to take him at the end of the first.
Brandon Bass, F, BOS10/18/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass is turning into an irrelevant fantasy player.
Insight: Bass has started at power forward for Boston the last few seasons, but Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are poised to start in the front court for the Celtics to start the 2014-2015 season. Bass will have a bench role and will not be worth owning.
Evan Turner, G/F, IND10/18/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Celtics' Evan Turner is a candidate to start at point guard on opening night.
Insight: Turner has gained the trust of coach Brad Stevens and with Rajon Rondo out a few weeks, Turner could start at the point. Rookie Marcus Smart is the long-term answer at point guard for Boston, but if Stevens elects to go with experience, Turner will be the guy.
Marcus Thornton, G, BRK10/18/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Nets shooting guard Marcus Thornton has scored between 12 and 19 points in all five preseason games this month.
Insight: Thornton came off the bench and scored 17 points, making three 3-pointers, and had two rebounds, three steals and a block in 17 minutes on Wednesday. If fantasy owners need 3-pointers late in the draft, Thornton is a great choice.
Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS10/18/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk will start at center to start the season.
Insight: Coach Brad Stevens has liked what he sees thus far from Olynyk, and the center position is his. He will provide numbers across the board and is someone to keep an eye on late in drafts.
Jared Sullinger, C, BOS10/18/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Celtics center/forward Jared Sullinger has been on fire this preseason.
Insight: In his latest preseason game, Sullinger lit up the 76ers with 21 points, 8-for-10 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers. He is a lock to start at power forward and should be a top-50 fantasy player this season.
Jeff Green, F, BOS10/18/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green could provide fantasy owners some additional scoring numbers this season.
Insight: Green has been getting more minutes at power forward this preseason, so his field goal percentage should go up. He averaged 16.9 points per game last season, which was a career-high, and shot 34 percent from the field.
Marcus Smart, G, BOS10/18/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart should see extended minutes without Rajon Rondo in the lineup the first few weeks of the season.
Insight: Rondo is out at least the first week and could miss up to three weeks to start the season. Smart has played well through preseason and should benefit without Rondo. Smart is the future at point guard for Boston, but it is hard to predict how he fits in the rotation once Rondo does return.
Avery Bradley, SG, BOS10/18/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley is shooting an incredible 65.2 percent from the field in preseason.
Insight: Bradley hit six 3-pointers against the 76ers on Thursday to finish with 20 points. Last season, he shot an amazing 39.5 percent from downtown. Bradley won't provide many other stats, but he will likely score a lot.
Rajon Rondo, G, BOS10/18/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has fantasy bust written all over him.
Insight: Rondo will miss at least the first week of the season and up to three weeks. Even when he was active last season, Rondo did not post statistics to place him in the top-100 fantasy players. Plus, fantasy owners have no idea which team he might finish the season with because the Celtics could trade him. Let someone else deal with Rondo this season.
Mason Plumlee, PF, BRK10/18/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Nets center Mason Plumlee could provide some great value late in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Plumlee has done a little bit of everything this preseason for the Nets. He is expected to come off the bench this season, but with fellow center Brook Lopez out for the first two weeks of the season, and Kevin Garnett about as old as dirt, Plumlee could see some significant minutes early in the season. If he takes advantage of the opportunity, perhaps his minutes increase down the road.
Alan Anderson, F, BRK10/18/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Nets forward Alan Anderson has been dealing with an abdominal injury this preseason according to The New York Post.
Insight: Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko should have been battling each other for the starting small forward role, but both have been sidelined for part of the preseason. Rookie Bojan Bogdanovic is currently slotted to start at small forward. Continue to monitor Anderson's health as he could be inserted into the starting lineup at some point.
Andrei Kirilenko, F, BRK10/18/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko is worth owning in standard fantasy leagues if he can stay healthy this season.
Insight: As with many injury-prone players, that is a big IF. Kirilenko is battling with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Alan Anderson for a starting role. At this point, Bogdanovic seems to have the edge.
Jarrett Jack, G, BRK10/18/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Nets guard Jarrett Jack has been playing with the team's second unit during the preseason.
Insight: New coach Lionel Hollins has played Jack next to starting point guard Deron Williams on occasion, but it still does not appear Hollins is going to play Jack alongside Williams in the starting lineup. Jack will be the first guard off the bench to start the season.
Brook Lopez, C, BRK10/18/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Nets general manager Billy King told barclayscenter.com the team will no longer restrict center Brook Lopez's minutes.
Insight: Lopez will miss the first two weeks due to a foot injury, but the Nets are remaining positive because nothing is broken. When he comes back, Lopez will play regular minutes, but King also said the team will not build its offense around Lopez. He is a mid-round pick in standard leagues.
Kevin Garnett, C, BRK10/18/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Nets coach Lionel Hollins told The New York Post he expects Kevin Garnett to play more than 20 minutes per game
Insight: We have our doubts, considering the 20-year-pro averaged just 20.6 minutes per game last season. He also averaged 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2013-2014. Garnett is, at best, a late-round flier.
Bojan Bogdanovic, F, BRK10/18/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Nets coach Lionel Hollins told the New York Post he has no desire to change the starting lineup as of this point.
Insight: That means 25-year-old Bojan Bogdanovic will start at small forward. We expect Joe Johnson to also receive minutes at the small forward position, but Bogdanovic is still a late-round flier pick if one is willing to take on the risk.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK10/18/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Nets guard Joe Johnson plans to improve his rebounding this season.
Insight: In most fantasy leagues, Johnson will be able to start at guard or forward, so he does have some additional value. He averaged 3.4 rebounds per game last season while scoring 15.8 points per game. In addition to improving the rebounding numbers, Johnson would also like to shoot more free throws. Last season, he averaged 2.5 free throw attempts per game.
Deron Williams, G, BRK10/18/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Nets point guard Deron Williams confirmed to Newsday that he is playing with "ease and freedom" after having surgery to repair both ankles in the offseason.
Insight: Williams went on to say the past few years, he always had concerns about his ankles in the back of his mind: "I knew I couldn't step certain ways or go certain ways." The point guard seemingly does not have to worry anymore. Williams has looked good in preseason, and fantasy owners should roll the dice with him should he fall to the third or fourth round.
J.J. Barea, G, MIN10/18/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea is not a recommended fantasy option for the upcoming season.
Insight: He is buried on the depth chart behind Ricky Rubio and Mo Williams, and as a result should be left off owners' rosters during draft day.
Anthony Bennett, F, MIN10/18/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Minnesota forward Anthony Bennett will have to work extremely hard to earn his playing time.
Insight: As of now, Bennett is third on the depth chart at the power forward position, behind starter Thaddeus Young and Dante Cunningham (not a recommended fantasy option). If Bennett can prove he can play small forward as well, that will help increase his playing time, but for now, we would leave him undrafted and simply keep an eye on his progress early on in the season.
Andrew Wiggins, G, MIN10/18/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins looks like he will begin the season coming off the bench.
Insight: With Kevin Martin locked in as the starting shooting guard, Wiggins may need to prove he can play the small forward position as well, for owners to trust him on their fantasy teams. He is currently projected to go in the ninth round, but there are questions to how much playing rtime he is going to receive. We still love this kid's potential, but drafting him in the ninth round may be a little too rich for our taste.
Mo Williams, PG, MIN10/18/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Minnesota guard Mo Williams will open up the season as Ricky Rubio's backup.
Insight: He played 24.8 minutes per game last season in Portland, his lowest average since his rookie season. In that time Williams averaged 9.7 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, and made 1.1 three-pointers per game. With Williams competing for playing time with fellow backup J.J. Barea, owners should target him late in drafts, or even leave him undrafted.
Ricky Rubio, G, MIN10/18/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio needs to take a step forward during his fourth NBA season.
Insight: He just has not broken out like many people have expected him to do. Rubio averaged 9.5 points per game, 8.6 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game, and shot .381 from the field last season. While his assist and steal numbers are good, Rubio has a career-average of 2.9 turnovers per game, and along with a poor field goal percentage, his current ADP in the late fourth round, is a little high for our liking.
Kevin Martin, G, MIN10/18/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin continues to be an underrated player heading into the season.
Insight: He averaged 19.1 points per game, 1.0 steals per game, and made 1.7 three-pointers per game last season. Martin have a chance to increase those numbers this year, with no Kevin Love, and as a result owners should target him starting in the seventh round.
Corey Brewer, F, MIN10/18/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves small forward Corey Brewer is penciled in as the starting small forward to begin the season.
Insight: He started 81 games for Minnesota last season and put up some solid numbers (12.3 PPG, 1.9 SPG, 48% FG). Brewer does not have anyone pushing him for his starting spot, so he should be able to at least duplicate those numbers. Target him towards the end of your drafts.
Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN10/18/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic will look to stay healthy in 2014-15.
Insight: He played only 54 games last season, but was still productive (17.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 54% FG). With Kevin Love out of town, Pekovic will be one of the go-to guys for the Timberwolves, and will have a great chance to increase his numbers, all around.
Thaddeus Young, F, MIN10/18/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young will look to be a big-time player during his first year in Minnesota.
Insight: Young had a very nice season in Philadelphia in 2013-14, and will have the opportunity to duplicate his some of his numbers (17.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.1 SPG) with the Timberwolves. He should be targeted starting in the late fourth round.
Glen Davis, F, LAC10/17/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Clippers forward Glen Davis is out indefinitely with a groin strain.
Insight: He is simply on the Clippers to provide depth, and does not provide much fantasy upside, unless something drastic changes.
Lance Thomas, F, OKC10/17/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Thunder forward Lance Thomas is expected to start at small forward during the absence of the injured Kevin Durant.
Insight: While he is expected to start and get playing time, Thomas is not expected to make an impact from a fantasy perspective. Oklahoma City is hoing he provides a little scoring punch, but owners should leave him undrafted on draft day.
Jeremy Lamb, SG, OKC10/17/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb has failed to distinguish himself as a starter heading into the season.
Insight: With Kevin Durant out, the opportunity has been there at both the shooting guard and small forward positions. However Andre Roberts is expected to start at shooting guard, and either Lance Thomas or Anthony Morrow is expected to get the nod at small forward during Durant's absence. Hope has been high for Lamb, since he was acquired in the James Harden trade, but he has simply failed to live up to expectations. Leave him undrafted.
Reggie Jackson, G, OKC10/17/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson should be in the running for the Sixth Man Award this season.
Insight: Just like almost every member of the Thunder, Jackson will need to step up early on. He averaged 13.1 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per game last season, and could easily see those numbers increase in 2014-15. Owners should target Jackson anywhere starting in the eighth round.
Steven Adams, C, OKC10/17/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams could be a player for owners to keep an eye on this season.
Insight: While he should not be drafted, Adams may find himself starting at center at some point this season. He has made his presence felt with Oklahoma City, and probably will give more production on the floor, than Kendrick Perkins is able to give.
Anthony Morrow, G, OKC10/17/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Pelicans G/SF Anthony Morrow is a bit of a wild card heading into the NBA season.
Insight: He is projected to come off the bench, but could easily see a ton of minutes at the shooting guard position, as well as small forward, with Kevin Durant sidelined. Morrow has not averaged double-figures in scoring since 2011-12 (12.0 PPG), but with his ability to knock down three-pointers (1.5 3PM per game), makes him an eniticing player to keep an eye on, when the season begins.
Russell Westbrook, G, OKC10/17/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: There may not be more pressure on an NBA player than Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, entering the 2014-15 season.
Insight: With Kevin Durant (foot) out for the beginning portion of the season, Westbrook will have tremendous weight on his shoulders. He is currently ranked as a top-ten pick, and could be argued to be taken in the top-five, with all the looks he will be getting, not just early on, but throughout the entire season.
Andre Roberson, G, OKC10/17/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Andre Roberson is projected to start at shooting guard on opening night.
Insight: While he is projected to start, Roberson is not projected to make an impact fantasy wise. Jeremy Lamb has played poorly throughout the preseason, leading Roberson to have a chance to make the most of the opportunity. Expect him to produce on the level of Thabo Sefolosha, if that.
Kevin Durant, F, OKC10/17/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant is now an extremely interesting pick for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Insight: As a result of his foot injury, Durant has dropped down from being the consensus number-one overall pick, to being drafted in the second round. The biggest concern for owners is that he is going to comeback too soon from the injury (6-to-8 week timetable). However, assuming Durant will be his normal self, his averages will be amongst the best in the NBA, and drafting him the first round is not a ridiculous move for owners to make.
Kendrick Perkins, C, OKC10/17/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins should be avoided in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Coming off a season where he averaged 3.4 points per game , 4.9 rebounds per game, and 0.5 blocks per game, along with a .451 field goal percentage, Perkins is irrelevant when it comes to fantasy basketball. There is also a chance Steven Adams will overtake the starting center position, at some point this season.
Serge Ibaka, F, OKC10/17/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka will have to well, especially early on in the season.
Insight: With Kevin Durant out with a foot injury for several weeks, Ibaka will have a great chance to be a dynamic fantasy player. He averaged career-highs in points (15.1 PPG), rebounds (8.8 RPG), assists (1.0 APG), steals (0.5 SPG), and free throw percentage (.784) last season. With him, and Russell Westbrook the focal points of the offense early on, Ibaka should be selected in the second round. If he is able to get off to a hot start, we feel it could easily last the entire 2014-15 season.
Brook Lopez, C, BRK10/16/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Nets center Brook Lopez suffered a mild right sprain in Wednesday's preseason game.
Insight: He is expected to miss only 10-14 days, but this is bad news, nonetheless. Lopez has had major issues with his right foot throughout his career, including one that ended his 2013-14 season. Owners need to have Mason Plumlee targeted in drafts.
Dante Exum, G, UTA10/16/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: There is too much uncertainty regarding Jazz guard dante Exum, heading into the fantasy basketball season.
Insight: With owners not knowing how many minutes Exum will be getting each night, it would be smart to leave him undrafted. However, keep an eye on his production, as Exum could be worth a waiver move, as the season progresses.
Trey Burke, G, UTA10/16/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Jazz point guard Trey Burke will look to improve upon his rookie season.
Insight: He had solid averages of 12.8 points per game and 5.7 assists per game, but Burke shot only 38 percent from the field. Owners should target him towards the end of drafts, knowing there is potential for improved numbers.
Alec Burks, G, UTA10/16/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Jazz guard Alec Burks should be targeted towards the end of fantasy drafts.
Insight: He should give owners production in the points per game department, as he averaged 14.0 last season. However, none of his other numbers really stand out, making Burks a one-trick pony heading into the season.
Gordon Hayward, G/F, UTA10/16/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward should be line for a breakout season.
Insight: He averaged a career-best 16.2 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, and 1.4 steals per game. Hayward should be right around his career-average of .365 from three-point land, and with all of this being said, owners need to target him in the early-to-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Enes Kanter, C, UTA10/16/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Jazz center Enes Kanter will look to build off a solid 2013-14 campaign.
Insight: He averaged a career-high 12.3 points per game last season, along with 7.5 rebounds per game. Playing at the center position, owners would like to see more production in the rebounding department, along with his ability to block shots (0.5 BPG last season). Kanter should be shooting around 50 percent from the field, and will not kill you from the free throw line (73% last season), and as a result owners should target him towards the end of their drafts.
Derrick Favors, F/C, UTA10/16/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Utah power forward Derrick Favors is looking to build off his career-best season.
Insight: He averaged a career-high in points (13.3 PPG), rebounds (8.7 RPG), assists (1.2 APG), and steals per game (1.0) last season, and at only 23-years-old is destined to improve on those numbers. He has a career .506 field goal percentage, along with a career-average of 1.3 blocks per game. Favors should be going around the fifth or sixth round of drafts, and owners should not be afraid to pick this potential breakout candidate. He also will have eligibility at the center position as well.
Randy Foye, G, DEN10/16/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Denver guard Randy Foye will miss the next preseason game due to an injured wrist, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: The 31-year-old put together a solid season in 2013-14 (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), but the addition of Aaron Afflalo and the return of Danillo Gallinari might make it tough for him to repeat those numbers.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA10/16/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker is dealing with a sore knee after a collision with Elfrid Payton.
Insight: Walker doesn't have anything serious going on here and might play if this were the regular season. He averaged 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assist last season, but some of his numbers could take a hit with the addition of Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte starting lineup.
Danilo Gallinari, F, DEN10/16/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has not had any trouble with his surgically-repaired knee in the preseason, but he might be a candidate to sit in back-to-back games.
Insight: Gallinari probably starts the season slowly due to limited minutes, but could be useful to fantasy owners by the end of the season.
Damian Lillard, PG, POR10/14/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Damian Lillard told The Oregonian he felt "fine" after practicing in full on Monday.
Insight: Lillard tested his ankle doing a lot of drills and did not suffer any setbacks. He is probable for Friday's exhibition, but we also wouldn't be surprised if Portland sits him for extra rest.
Al Horford, C, ATL10/14/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Atlanta star center Al Horford is expected to start in Tuesday's exhibition game.
Insight: Great news. Horford averaged 18.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg for 29 games before a torn pectoral muscle ended his 2013-14 season.
Jodie Meeks, G, DET10/14/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard/forward Jodie Meeks will miss at least a couple months with a stress reaction in his lower back.
Insight: With Meeks sidelined, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looks poised to take away Meeks' starting role. Caldwell-Pope has looked great through the preseason.
Kevin Durant, F, OKC10/12/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant has a fractured foot, and will most likely require surgery.
Insight: There is no set return date, but the injury is being classified as a "Jones" fracture, which typically requires surgery, and a six-to-eight week recovery time. This will no doubt shake up the beginning of fantasy drafts, however owners should still take the reigning MVP somewhere in the first round.
Kris Humphries, F, WAS10/11/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Wizards PF/C Kris Humphries won't be available for the nect 3-4 weeks due to finger surgery.
Insight: Humphries underwent a procedure on Thursday to repair nerve damage in his right pinkie. More playing time for Marcin Gortat.
Bradley Beal, SG, WAS10/11/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal has an MRI and it revealed a broken left wrist, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Beal is expected to miss 6-8 weeks for a non-displaced fracture in the scaphoid bone. he averaged 17.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg and with John Wall make up one of the league's best backcourts. martell Webster ir Glen Rice Jr. will have to step up for the next two months.
Josh Smith, F, DET10/11/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith did not practice on Saturday due to slight groin soreness according to Pistons.com.
Insight: It doesn't sound serious. Smith is going to play power forward this season, but that really shouldn't change his fantasy value.
Jodie Meeks, G, DET10/11/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard/forward Jodie Meeks missed practice on Saturday due to back spasms.
Insight: If Meeks continues to miss time, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looks poised to take away Meeks' starting role. Caldwell-Pope has looked great through the preseason. Both Meeks and Caldwell-Pope are worth a late round pick in fantasy drafts.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F, CHI10/11/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy will not play in Chicago's preseason game on Saturday.
Insight: Dunleavy has soreness in his knee, but it does not sound serious. Doug McDermott will start in Dunleavy's place on Saturday. It will be fascinating to see how McDermott does in his first start, but Dunleavy clearly has the better fantasy value at this point.
Reggie Jackson, G, OKC10/11/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson left Friday's preseason game with an arm injury and did not return.
Insight: He did score 13 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes before exiting. We are still waiting for an update on the injury, but Jackson is a guard worth targeting late in fantasy drafts.
Danilo Gallinari, F, DEN10/11/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari looked great in his first game in a year and a half. He scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist and made two 3-pointers in 14 minutes of action.
Insight: Gallinari shot 5-of-9 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line. He still has a lot of risk, but when on the court, he will produce fantasy numbers especially from 3-point land.
T.J. Warren, F, PHO10/11/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Suns forward T.J. Warren looked fantastic on Friday, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds, against the Nuggets.
Insight: Warren shot 4-for-8 from the field and made two from behind the arc. With P.J. Tucker suspended, Warren will be in the Suns rotation to start the year. He probably isn't worth drafting, but keep an eye on this 21-year-old.
Mo Williams, PG, MIN10/11/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Guard Mo Williams had a great performance in a preseason game on Friday night.
Insight: Williams scored 19 points and had six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He came off the bench in the game, but Flip Saunders has stated Williams could start in the backcourt with Ricky Rubio.
Raymond Felton, G, DAL10/10/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Mavericks guard Raymond Felton sprained his ankle in a preseason game on Friday.
Insight: It did not look good. At the very least, Felton will miss some preseason action. Backup guard Jemeer Nelson will get a few extra looks because of the injury to Felton.
Nerlens Noel, C, PHI10/10/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel did not play on Friday due to a right thigh issue.
Insight: The 76ers held Noel out on Friday for precautionary reasons. Noel is listed as day-to-day. He should be one of the first rookies selected in fantasy drafts. With his shot-block ability, Noel has No. 1 center potential.
Rajon Rondo, G, BOS10/10/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo did some non-contact offensive work during Friday's practice according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: Despite the good news, Rondo has a ways to go before he is approved for contact drills. With Marcus Smart playing well through preseason so far, Rondo may be expendable in a trade. Rondo is a risky pick with big upside on draft day.
Ray Allen, G, MIA10/10/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Ray Allen will likely wait until January or even the All-Star Break to sign with a team according to NBC Sports.
Insight: It sounds like Allen is pulling a Roger Clemens, waiting until halfway through the season to see which teams are ready to make a playoff run and where he would fit the best. That's great for Allen, but it makes him fantasy irrelevant.
Serge Ibaka, F, OKC10/10/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Mavericks.
Insight: The Thunder want him to get an extra day of rest. Ibaka has missed just three games the last three seasons, so we would be surprised if he is not ready by opening day. Ibaka is a late-first round, early-second round target in most fantasy drafts.
Monta Ellis, G, DAL10/10/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis suffered a knee sprain and will miss two preseason games according to mavs.com.
Insight: He suffered the sprained knee on Thursday during practice, but it is not considered serious. He should not miss any regular season games, which he has not done the last two years.
Victor Oladipo, G, ORL10/10/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Magic rookie Victor Oladipo's will not play on Friday due to "minor knee soreness" according to orlandomagic.com.
Insight: Oladipo will likely be back for the start of the regular season, so fantasy owners can still target him for a mid-round pick.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW10/10/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala broke his nose against the Lakers on Thursday night.
Insight: Golden State said he should be able to play through it, so Igoudala won't miss any playing time. He likely isn't a high fantasy draft pick anyway, but he shouldn't drop on the big board due to this injury.
Danilo Gallinari, F, DEN10/9/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will not play in a preseason game on Wednesday.
Insight: Gallinari should play on Friday. His best fantasy attribute is his 3-point shooting, but it will likely take him a few months to find his rhythm since he is returning from knee surgery.


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