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Jason Richardson, SG, PHI10/25/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: 76ers guard Jason Richardson (knee, foot) is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Insight: He is now a longshot to play this season, after missing all of 2013-14. Even if he is able to suit up at all, Richardson is not fantasy-relevant.
Jamal Crawford, G, LAC10/25/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford will continue to have nice fantasy value this season.
Insight: He averaged 18.6 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, 0.9 steals per game, 2.3 three-pointers per game, as well as shooting 87 percent from the line. Owners should look to select Crawford in the 10th round.
Spencer Hawes, C, LAC10/25/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Clippers center Spencer Hawes will be an interesting fantasy player this season.
Insight: He is clearly a bench player for Los Angeles, but should still see some decent playing time. Hawes could still average around 10 points per game, and seven rebounds per game, and if he still able to knock down a few three-pointers per game, he is worthy of a late-round flier.
Chris Paul, G, LAC10/25/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul should be drafted in the top-five of fantasy drafts.
Insight: He continues to be one of the best players in the NBA, and owners can expect a double-double almost every night, along with over two steals per game.
J.J. Redick, G, LAC10/25/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick average a career-high 15.2 points per game last season.
Insight: He will have a chance to continue scoring and hitting the 2.1 three-pointers per game, he produced last seasonn as well. Redick can be targeted starting in the ninth round.
Matt Barnes, SF, LAC10/25/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Clippers forward Matt Barnes provides some value for fantasy owners.
Insight: He averaged 9.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, and 1.5 three-pointers per game, last season. We don't love Barnes' 11th round value, but owners should certainly not avoid him altogether.
DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC10/25/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan averaged 10.5 points per game, 13.6 rebounds per game, and 2.5 blocks per game, last season.
Insight: Jordan also manged 1.0 steals per game, and as a result owners can target him late in the second round, or early in the third, at the latest.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC10/25/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin should be drafted in the mid-second round this season.
Insight: He averaged 24.1 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field. At 25-years-old, Owners can even think about taking him at the end of the first round.
Ramon Sessions, G, SAC10/25/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Kings guard Ramon Sessions should not be forgotten about heading into this season.
Insight: He has career averages of 11.7 points per game and 4.7 assists per game, and after averaging 15.8 points per game two seasons ago, Sessions easily holds value. He will most likely go undrafted, but owners should monitor his playing time early in the season.
Darren Collison, G, SAC10/25/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Kings guard Darren Collison has a chance to be a steal in fantasy drafts.
Insight: With Isaiah Thomas gone, Collison will be starting at point guard, and will have a great chance to improve on his 11.4 points per game, 3.7 assists per game, and 1,2 steals per game, averages from last season. Owners should think about drafting Collison beginning in the 10th round.
Ben McLemore, G, SAC10/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Sacramento guard Ben McLemore is nothing more than a late-round pick heading into the season.
Insight: He averaged only 8.8 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, 1.0 assists per game, and shot 38 percent from the field. McLemore may raise those numbers slightly, but with rookie Nik Stauskas behind him on the depth chart, the numbers for both players will most likely be inconsistent.
Rudy Gay, F, SAC10/25/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Kings small forward Rudy Gay should continue to a valuable fantasy player.
Insight: In 55 games with Sacramento, Gay averaged 20.1 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, 1.2 steals game, while shooting 48 percent from the field. These numbers are somewhat underrated, and as a result owners should not be afraid to pull the trigger on Gay in the third round.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC10/25/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in line for a monster season.
Insight: After averaging 22.7 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game, 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field last season, Cousins should easily be drafted toward the end of the first round.
Jason Thompson, F, SAC10/25/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Kings forward Jason Thompson will open up the season as the team's starting power forward.
Insight: He still is not a fantays-relevant player. At the very least, owners con monitor his prgress early on, but Thompson should remain undrafted.
Julius Randle, F, LAL10/25/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle should not be considered anymore than a late-round pick.
Insight: He is starting the season as the backup power forward, and owners should expect inconsistent play early on. Leaving Randle undrafted is probably a smart move.
Nick Young, G/F, LAL10/25/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Nick Young will still be a valuable fantasy player once he returns from his thumb injury.
Insight: He is probably still out the next 5-to-7 weeks, but will see time at small forward and shooting guard upon his return. Owners should target him towards the end of drafts, only if the leagues' rosters are updated weekly. Otherwise, leave Young undrafted, and look to acquire him via waivers, as the season moves on.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL10/25/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have a great opportunity to bounce back this season.
Insight: After playing in only six games last season, Bryant looks to be as healthy as he has been in a long time. Look for him to get back to close to his career-averages, and owners should not be afraid to select him in the second round.
Victor Oladipo, G, ORL10/25/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Magic starting point guard Victor Oladipo is expected to miss one month due to his facial fracture according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Typically, players are out five-to-seven games with a facial fracture, so this is unusual. The Magic have not announced which bone in Oladipo's face is broken. The Orlando point guard is still worth a look in deeper leagues.
Wesley Johnson, G/F, LAL10/25/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Wesley Johnson is coming off a career-season.
Insight: He averaged 9.1 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, 1.1 steals per game, 1.0 blocks per game, along with shooting .425 from the field and 79 percent from the line. These numbers show that Johnson can fill a stat sheet, and as a result be picked towards the end of drafts.
Jordan Hill, PF, LAL10/25/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers have re-signed PF/C Jordan Hill will have a chance for a career-season in 2014-15.
Insight: With the lack of depth behind him, Hill will be the starting center for Los Angeles. He should be able average close to a double-double with points and rebounds, and combined with around a block per game plus a field goal percentage of over 50 percent, Hill should be targeted around the 11th round.
Carlos Boozer, F, LAL10/25/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer should have some nice value heading into the 2014-15 fantasy basketball season.
Insight: With the Lakers' roster nothing to cry home about, Boozer's current ADP in the 12th round is very nice value. He should be able to average around 15.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. Owners should be afraid to draft this guy, as he could be a potential steal.
Jeremy Lin, G, LAL10/25/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Jeremy Lin is one of the biggest sleepers in fantasy drafts this season.
Insight: If you are waiting for the last minute and still haven't drafted, keep an eye on Jeremy Lin. He scored 19 points and had one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers off the bench in a preseason game against the Kings. Although Sacramento is not exactly the cream of the Western Conference, Lin figures to be a huge factor in the Lakers offense this season. He would be a great No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Rodney Stuckey, G, IND10/25/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey said he has not done on-court work lately and is unsure if he will be ready to start the season according to Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com.
Insight: Stuckey has been out since Oct. 18 and the injury is taking longer to heal than the Pacers said they thought it would. Stuckey is going to be a major part of the offense without Paul George, but he is a better fantasy player in points leagues rather than roto because of his lack of 3-pointers.
George Hill, G, IND10/25/2014 2:27:00 PM
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill said he will not know if he will be ready for the season opener on Wednesday until a couple days ahead of time.
Insight: Someone should tell Hill it's already Saturday. Even with the minor injury, Hill is going to be a major part of the Pacers team and should be targeted earlier in drafts.
Brook Lopez, C, BRK10/25/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Nets center Brook Lopez did not practice on Saturday according to The Bergen Record.
Insight: At this point, he cannot be counted on for opening night on Wednesday. It is likely best to just let someone else draft Lopez to avoid the headache that comes with him.
Andre Roberson, G, OKC10/25/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Thunder players Perry Jones and Andre Robinson did not practice on Saturday.
Insight: We are pretty sure Oklahoma City is very close to holding open tryouts to the public to find a healthy wingman. The injury bug has killed the Thunder and the season hasn't even started. There is no word on how serious Roberson's injury is, so as of now, he is still slotted as the opening night starter at shooting guard. Jones will start at small forward since Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow are both out.
Lou Williams, SG, ATL10/25/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Raptors guard Louis Williams will be a reserve for Toronto this season.
Insight: He relished in that role in Atlanta, but the Raptors backcourt is quite crowded with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Greivis Vasquez. Williams will likely not touch the ball enough to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues unless there is an injury.
Patrick Patterson, F, TOR10/25/2014 1:51:00 PM
Description: Raptors forward Patrick Patterson is the classic player who is better in real life than in fantasy.
Insight: Patterson contributes intangibles off the bench to Toronto and the team is happy to have him. For fantasy, however, Peterson is a guy who will average about eight points and five rebounds per game off the bench.
Greivis Vasquez, G, TOR10/25/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez only has value in deeper leagues unless Kyle Lowry gets hurt.
Insight: The days of Vasquez leading the league in assists are long gone, mostly because he is a backup to Lowry. He will contribute about four-to-five assists per game, but his value in standards leagues is strictly as a handcuff to Lowry.
Terrence Ross, SG, TOR10/25/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Raptors guard Terrence Ross' fantasy value largely depends on how many 3-pointers he can shoot per game.
Insight: Ross is only 23-years-old, so he can definitely continue to get better. For right now though, his fantasy impact is mostly in 3-point shooting. He made 40.1 percent of his 3-pointers last season while averaging 12.2 PPG and 2.3 3-pointers per game.
Amir Johnson, F, TOR10/25/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Raptors power forward Amir Johnson is an underrated fantasy player.
Insight: We expect him to average 10.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG and 1.2 BPG. He played the end of last season with an ankle injury, but he is healthy to start this season.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR10/25/2014 1:39:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas could be poised for a breakout season in 2014-2015.
Insight: Valanciunas dropped his fouls per game from 3.2 to 2.8 after the All-Star break last season and that allowed him to stay on the court to make an impact. He averaged 16.8 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 57.6 field goal percentage and 76.6 free-throw percentage in eight April games. He is on the verge of breaking out as a star.
DeMar DeRozan, G/F, TOR10/25/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan will lead Toronto in scoring again this season.
Insight: DeRozan led the team in scoring and assists last season. Toronto will need him to score again this season, and he takes a lot of free throws as well. DeRozan still might not give fantasy owners a ton of 3-pointers, but he has a lot of other things to offer.
Kyle Lowry, G, TOR10/25/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Kyle Lowry posted career-best numbers in nearly every category last season.
Insight: That begs the question, can he repeat last season's success? He averaged 17.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, 2.4 3-pointers, 13.7 FGA, 4.9 FTA and shot 38 percent from behind the arc. It will be hard for Lowry to repeat those numbers as we don't expect him to play in 79 games again, but he has little competition for his position and the Raptors need him to score. He should be a reliable fantasy player once again.
Anthony Morrow, G, OKC10/24/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Anthony Morrow will miss the season opener due to a sprained left MCL.
Insight: Saying the Thunder are thin at the wing positions is an understatement. Andre Roberson and Perry Jones will be the starting wings on opening day. Oklahoma City does not yet know when Morrow will be back. Deep fantasy leagues can begin to look at Roberson and Jones, but more importantly, Russell Westbrook's fantasy value continues to rise higher.
Tony Wroten, G, PHI10/24/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: 76ers guard Tony Wroten does a little bit of everything but nothing all that well.
Insight: Wroten will likely average over 11 PPG, close to three rebounds and assists per game and nearly a steal per game. He won't lite up any one category. Keep in mind, Wroten is also a very poor free-throw shooter. He shot 64.1 percent from the line last season.
Henry Sims, C, PHI10/24/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: 76ers center Henry Sims is a double-double threat on most nights.
Insight: Sims averaged 12.1 PPG and 7.0 RPG in 25 games last season. The 76ers will be bad, but someone has to grab some stats. Sims will accumulate some numbers playing on a bad Philadelphia team.
K.J. McDaniels, F, PHI10/24/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: The Sports Network's projections have rookie K.J. McDaniels as the 76ers second leading scorer in 2014-2015.
Insight: McDaniels was quite the scorer at Clemson, averaging 17.1 PPG while also chipping in 7.1 RPG, 2.8 BPG and 1.1 SPG. The rookie has already showcased his blocking ability through the preseason. Coach Brett Brown is a defensive coach, so he will likely start McDaniels for defense, which will allow him to contribute in other areas in fantasy.
Nerlens Noel, C, PHI10/24/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel is 100 percent over his torn ACL and will get all the minutes he can handle this season.
Insight: The 76ers will be awful this season, but Noel will accumulate blocks, steals and rebounds right away. His long-term potential also has him as a 20-point scorer, but right out of the gate, we expect him to sit more around the 10 PPG mark.
Michael Carter-Williams, G, PHI10/24/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams will be the team's top offensive weapon once he returns to the court.
Insight: Carter-Williams had surgery over the offseason to repair his left shoulder. He is targeting Nov. 13 as his return. Carter-Williams does not shoot a high percentage, just 40.5 percent from the field, 26.4 percent from behind the arc, and 70.3 percent from the free-throw line, but he will accumulate points, rebounds, assists and steals to be a quality fantasy guard.
Pablo Prigioni, G, NYK10/24/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni will backup starting point guard Jose Calderon this season.
Insight: Prigioni is already 37-years-old, and he will only have fantasy value to owners who need 3-pointers and assists or a quality turnover-to-assist ratio.
Iman Shumpert, G, NYK10/24/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: A true fantasy breakout for Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert this season will be tough.
Insight: Shumpert has not played as well as he did in his rookie season, and this season, he will have to fight Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Still, Shumpert's offensive skill is better suited for the new triangle offense, and the Knicks will need Shumpert's defense, which will get him minutes on the floor.
Samuel Dalembert, C, DAL10/24/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Knicks center Samuel Dalembert has fantasy value in deep two-center leagues.
Insight: Dalembert is a double-double threat even at age 33. He hasn't averaged double-double numbers in each category for an entire season since 2007-2008, but he has the potential for big numbers any night.
Amare Stoudemire, F, NYK10/24/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire will have some value in deeper fantasy points leagues this season.
Insight: Stoudemire is in a contract year, so he should be motivated to play well. His motivation hasn't been the issue during his time in New York, though, it has been his body. Hopefully, he can stay healthy in a reduced role and chip in quality percentages.
Andrea Bargnani, F, NYK10/24/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani could be a good late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Insight: New York fans are laughing and shaking their head as some fans likely forget this buffoon was still on the roster. Bargnani is 7 feet tall and plays center, yet doesn't rebound, block shots or shoot all that well from the field. The Knicks could certainly use some scoring from him and being that he is in a contract year, fantasy owners late in drafts could roll the dice on him staying motivated to perform well.
Tim Hardaway Jr., G, NYK10/24/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is a potential sleeper in fantasy this season.
Insight: Hardaway showed in his rookie season that he can score. He averaged 10.2 PPG in just about 23 minutes per game and shot over 36 percent from the 3-point line. That gives him tremendous upside, but J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will steal some minutes from Hardaway again.
J.R. Smith, SG, NYKHot10/24/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith told NBC Sports he is struggling to adjust to the triangle offense this preseason.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Smith is already battling Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. for playing time. Even when he is on the court, he will always be the second option to Carmelo Anthony. Smith can still be a prolific 3-point shooter, but don't expect Derek Fisher to put up with his non-sense as Mike Woodson did.
Jose Calderon, G, NYK10/24/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon will not provide fantasy owners much besides assists and 3-pointers.
Insight: Calderon, however, will provide plenty of those. He averaged 4.7 assists last season, and our projections have that number going up by at least two with Carmelo Anthony. Calderon also has a career 41.1 field goal percentage from behind the arc, exactly what the triangle offense needs.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK10/24/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will once again be a fantasy monster.
Insight: In Phil Jackson's triangle offense, Anthony might shoot less, but ideally, that just means a higher field goal percentage and more assists. Anthony should remain in the scoring-title race while also being a more balanced fantasy player.
Tiago Splitter, C, SAN10/24/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: San Antonio starting center Tiago Splitter is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas with a strained right calf.
Insight: Splitter has only played more than 60 games once in his four NBA seasons so this shouldn't be unexpected. There are better fantasy center options.
Kawhi Leonard, F, SAN10/24/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: San Antonio small forward Kawhi Leonard is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas due to an eye infection
Insight: Leonard was a breakout star last season and earned the NBA Finals MVP for his contributions. We're looking for him to improve on last season by racking up 14.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg. but it might not start on opening night.
Victor Oladipo, G, ORL10/24/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Magic starting point guard Victor Oladipo's suffered a facial fracture during Thursday's practice and is out indefinitely.
Insight: Oladipo was set for a big sophomore season after averaging 13.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.1 apg as a rookie. Evan Fournier should slide into the starting role until Oladipo returns with Ben Gordon seeing more minutes.
Brandon Knight, G, MIL10/24/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight is questionable for Wednesday's game against Charlotte due to a strained right groin.
Insight: Knight averaged 17.9 ppg and 4.9 apg, but new coach Jason Kidd has mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo playing some minutes at point guard and rookie Jabari Parker should take away shot attempts from Knight.
David West, F, IND10/24/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Pacers power forward David West is questionable for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: West is an underrated fantasy option heading into the season after a 14 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.8 apg 2013-14. Let's hope he gets and remains healthy which can be a question at 34-years-old.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA10/24/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker is dealing with a sore left foot as we near the start of the regular season opener.
Insight: Walker 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.
Noah Vonleh, F, CHA10/24/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Hornets rookie power forward not expected to be ready for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee after offseason hernia surgery, according to a Charlotte Observer report.
Insight: Vonleh is buried on the depth chart, so this should not effect any fantasy lineups, or likely rosters, except in dynasty leagues.
Lance Stephenson, G, CHA10/24/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Hornets SG Lance Stephenson is dealing with a groin injury that is slowing his preseason, but he's probable for the opener.
Insight: Stephenson broke out for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game though he' sometimes out of control. It will be interesting to see how he, PG Kemba Walker and SF Gerald Henderson get along.
Gerald Henderson, G, CHA10/24/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Hornets SF/SG Gerald Henderson is dealing with a strained right hamstring and isn't ready to start full practices.
Insight: He'll probably miss the opener. Henderson (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg in 77 games in 2013-14) will have to give up some of his scoring and ball handling to newly-acquired Lance Stephenson.
Rajon Rondo, G, BOS10/24/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is awaiting clearance to ramp up his practice time.
Insight: Rondo hasn't been officially ruled out of the opener, but the best estimates have him about a week away. He can still fill a box score, it's just he's injury prone and more than likely going to be traded at some point this season. Then his fantasy value will be dependent upon where he goes.
Vitor Faverani, C, BOS10/24/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Celtics center Vitor Faverani is still has about 5-7 weeks on the shelf due to left knee surgery.
Insight: Faverani is a backup and averaged just 13 minutes per night so his fantasy value is minimal.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHI10/24/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is dealing with a sprained left thumb which has him questionable for Wednesday's game against New York.
Insight: Butler was a breakout star last season as we saw his scoring jump from 8.6 ppg to 13.1 ppg. Although he had a solid preseason, he'll have to fight for his points because of the return of Derrick Rose and the acquisition of Pau Gasol.
Nerlens Noel, C, PHI10/24/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel still lacks an offensive game, but fantasy owners should take note of his game Wednesday.
Insight: Noel shot just 3-of-10, but pulled down eight rebounds, blocked five shots and added five steals. That's the kind of line fantasy owners like to see.
Eric Gordon, G, NOP10/24/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (chronic knee tendinitis) has played 20-plus minutes in each of the last five preseason games.
Insight: We like that he's getting minutes, but it's hard to trust a guy with his injury history. He did play 64 games last season and averaged 15.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.3 apg., but that's likely his upper limit.
Anthony Davis, PF, NOP10/24/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Pelicans PF/C Anthony Davis (wrist) returned to the court Thursday.
Insight: Davis is a dynamic fantasy option in his third season who posted double-doubles 54 percent of the time in 2013-14 and averaged 20.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Add in 2.8 blocks per game and you are taking top-five fantasy stud.
Steve Nash, G, LAL10/24/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve damage) will miss the 2014-15 regular season.
Insight: That's likely it for the two-time MVP who hasn't been fantasy worthy for a couple of seasons.
Ersan Ilyasova, F, MIL10/23/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova played in just 55 games last season, but in a 15-game stretch after the All-Star break, he averaged 14.1 PPG and 7.0 RPG.
Insight: The question is whether he can get back to that form, especially with less volume of work. Rookie Jabari Parker will lead the team in shots, so Ilyasova might not have as many opportunities.
John Henson, C, MIL10/23/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Bucks center John Henson showcased a lot of skill last season and has upside going into 2014-2015.
Insight: Henson averaged 15.2 PPG, 10.1 RPG and 2.3 BPG in 12 December games last season. He, however, couldn't continue that pace, and he might not have the chance to do so again with Jabari Parker, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders in the front court. Still, Ilyasova and Sanders are injury prone, so Henson has fantasy worth.
Larry Sanders, C, MIL10/23/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Bucks forward/center is a double-double threat every night, but in the words of the great Charles Barkley, he is also a knucklehead.
Insight: Sanders missed a large portion of last season after breaking his thumb in a bar fight. Then he missed the end of the year after he broke his orbital bone when James Harden elbowed him in the face. Sanders will also miss the first five games of this season due to a drug suspension. When on the court though, he averaged 12.0 PPG and 11.1 RPG before the All-Star break in 2012-2013.
Jabari Parker, F, MIL10/23/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Bucks rookie Jabari Parker should be the first rookie off the draft board.
Insight: Parker is getting comparisons to Carmelo Anthony. He is a versatile forward who can score, rebound and shoot a high percentage. Parker has tremendous size, 6-foot-8, 241 pounds, and skill. On the bad Milwaukee Bucks, Parker will make an immediate impact.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, G/F, MIL10/23/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo can play any spot on the floor.
Insight: With his ball skills and at 6-foot-11 and 217 pounds, Jason Kidd could use him anywhere. He worked at shooting guard and small forward last season, but Kidd has been testing him out, with very little success, at point guard. Hopefully, Kidd defines his role by the start of the season. The Greek is a potential sleeper.
Brandon Knight, G, MIL10/23/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight will not be able to repeat his production from last season.
Insight: Knight averaged 17.9 PPG and 4.9 APG while shooting 42 percent from the floor last season, but new coach Jason Kidd has mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo playing some minutes at point guard and rookie Jabari Parker will take away shot attempts from Knight. Without 15.2 FGA per game, Knight will not come close to averaging 18 points, and his assist numbers aren't likely to rise.
Luis Scola, F, IND10/23/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Pacers power forward Luis Scola is a double-double threat when he plays.
Insight: Indiana has openings in the starting lineup with Lance Stephenson leaving via free agency and Paul George breaking his leg. Scola, however, does not play either position those two guys play. Scola could actually see fewer minutes since the Pacers will need more from Roy Hibbert and David West.
Paul George, SF, IND10/23/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Pacers forward Paul George should not be selected in redraft formats.
Insight: Everyone knows by now George suffered a gruesome leg injury playing for Team USA on Aug. 1. He is not expected to play this season. For those of you in dynasty leagues, George should be targeted in the middle rounds.
Roy Hibbert, C, IND10/23/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert still has tremendous potential even at 27-years-old.
Insight: It is the old sports saying, players only have "potential" because they have yet to prove they are good. Hibbert is 7-foot-2, 290 pounds, yet only averaged 6.6 RPG and made just 43.9 percent of his shots. It is hard to trust him, but if he falls to a middle round, it is worth taking him on his potential.
David West, F, IND10/23/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Pacers power forward David West will be heavily relied upon for scoring this season without Paul George.
Insight: That is music to most fantasy owners ears, but at 34-years-old, there are questions of whether West will be able to remain durable on a team that relies so much on him. He has been durable throughout his career and is capable of averaging close to 16 points and over seven rebounds per game. West is an underrated fantasy option heading into the season. Let's hope he remains healthy.
Solomon Hill, F, IND10/23/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Pacers' Solomon Hill will likely come off the bench in a sixth-man type role for Indiana this season.
Insight: Hill has not looked as good as C.J. Miles or Rodney Stuckey. Both those players offer better offensive numbers and fantasy potential. Hill is being considered for a starting role because of his defense, so even if he starts, he wouldn't hold as much value as Miles or Stuckey.
C.J. Miles, G, IND10/23/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Shooting guard C.J. Miles is expected to start the season at the small forward position.
Insight: Coach Frank Vogel is "leaning toward" starting Miles at SF and Rodney Stuckey at SG. That's the best case scenario for fantasy owners as Miles will hit his fair share of 3-pointers. We would like to see him in the starting lineup. David West and Roy Hibbert owners would like to see Miles in the lineup too because Miles' 3-point shooting will open up offensive opportunities for West and Hibbert.
Rodney Stuckey, G, IND10/23/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey is worth a look in fantasy leagues, but not in roto leagues.
Insight: Stuckey does not hit 3-pointers or get many steals, so at the guard position, he is basically useless in roto leagues. He will start for Indiana, though, so he could hold some late-round value in points leagues, where output matters more than individual categories.
George Hill, G, INDHot10/23/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill should offer solid numbers for your flex guard spot.
Insight: Hill has never shot below 44.2 percent from the floor in any season. He is also a 80 percent free throw shooter and 37. 1 percent 3-point shooter in his career. Hill averaged 14.2 PPG and 4.7 APG two seasons ago, and without Paul George this season, he has sleeper potential in fantasy drafts.
Michael Carter-Williams, G, PHI10/23/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) is targeting a mid-November return, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Insight: Carter-Williams had surgery over the offseason to repair his left shoulder. He won the Rookie of the Year with averages of 16.7 points, 0.8 3-pointers, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. This timetable would have him missing 7-10 games.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK10/22/2014 11:19:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had a huge night on Wednesday in a preseason game against the Wizards.
Insight: Anthony scored the game-winning jumper and received the foul. He scored 30 points and had three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He shot 11-of-19 from the floor.
Andre Drummond, C, DET10/22/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond will be a fantasy beast besides for his free throw shooting.
Insight: Drummond's Achilles heel will again be his free throw shooting. He shot just 41.8 percent from the stripe last season. And that was an improvement from 37.1 percent his rookie season. Drummond will contribute great numbers in every other stat.
Caron Butler, G/F, DET10/22/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard/forward Caron Butler is off to a slow start this preseason.
Insight: Butler played 28 minutes in a preseason game a few weeks ago and did not score, missing both his shots. Deeper league squads could benefit from Butler's 3-point production, but he will not have a big enough role to make a fantasy impact in standard leagues.
Greg Monroe, PF, DET10/22/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe may be the odd man out in the Pistons front court.
Insight: Monroe is in a contract season. He was hoping to receive a big contract through restricted free agency, but that did not happen. Monroe returns to the Pistons frontcourt with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Both are signed long-term, and Monroe will not be back next season, so new coach Stan Van Gundy may already be planning for life after Monroe leaves.
Josh Smith, F, DET10/22/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Pistons forward Josh Smith might play fewer minutes at small forward this season, which could help his fantasy value.
Insight: Smith had his lowest scoring average last season since 2008-2009. With new coach Stan Van Gundy, Smith might not play as often but his scoring average should still go back up. Smith's ceiling is still not very high.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, DET10/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will receive additional playing time with Jodie Meeks sidelined until at least the middle of December.
Insight: Caldwell-Pope suffered a left knee strain last week, which allows other younger players to show what they can do, but Caldwell-Pope should still be the starter on opening night. He is a late round flier in standard leagues.
Jodie Meeks, G, DET10/22/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is no longer a late-round fantasy flier with his back injury.
Insight: Meeks is expected to miss at least two months, which sidelines him until basically Christmas. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will reap the benefits from Meeks' injury, and fantasy owners should target Caldwell-Pope in the late rounds of standard league drafts.
Brandon Jennings, G, DET10/22/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings is shooting just about 25 percent from the field this preseason in new coach Stan Van Gundy's offense.
Insight: The transition to Van Gundy's system has not been a smooth one. Jennings did have a great game last Saturday with 11 assists and 16 points. Hopefully, there is more where that came from, but we aren't counting on it. Jennings is a career 39.0 percent shooter in his five seasons.
Mike Miller, G, MEM10/22/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers wingman Mike Miller will not see enough game action to be relevant in fantasy realms.
Insight: Miller joined the Cavaliers in hopes of winning one more NBA title before retirement. He will make 40 percent of his shots from downtown, but will not take more than two or three per game.
Shawn Marion, F, DAL10/22/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion will only be relevant in very, very deep fantasy leagues this season.
Insight: Marion is at the end of his career. He played enough minutes and posted sufficient stats with Dallas to be a viable bench player in deep leagues last season, but that seems unlikely this season with Cleveland.
Tristan Thompson, C, CLE10/22/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is an intriguing draft pick in dynasty leagues this season.
Insight: The 23-year-old will come off the bench to give rest to superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love. Even if he can earn a starting role in front of Anderson Varejao, he is not expected to make an impact this season. Perhaps in a year or two.
Anderson Varejao, C, CLE10/22/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao's double-double days are long gone.
Insight: Varejao had a 50-game stretch in his career where he was a double-double threat every night, but Varejao is too injury prone for that this season. He will also battle Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson for playing time and rebounds.
Kevin Love, F, MIN10/22/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is still a fantasy stud this season.
Insight: It can be argued that Love is no longer a top-five pick, but his ability to grab rebounds, score and shoot a high percentage makes him the top center in fantasy. He will take fewer shots this season with a better team, but his field goal percentage should go up. Some experts have speculated his rebound numbers could go down with LeBron James, but we doubt that. Cleveland traded for Love to have a dominanting presence on the boards to help King James.
LeBron James, F, CLE10/22/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the clear cut No. 1 pick with Kevin Durant injured the first six-to-eight weeks of the season.
Insight: James' production dipped a little last season, but everything is relative. At 29-years-old, James will play fewer minutes this season, but his field goal percentage could go up and he is still the best player in the world. Don't hesitate to draft him No. 1.
Dion Waiters, SG, CLE10/22/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters will have little fantasy value this season.
Insight: Waiters should play just as many minutes as he did last season, but with the new 'big three' in Cleveland, Waiters is the odd man out. He should be a viable contributor for the Cavaliers, but not likely to make a fantasy impact.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE10/22/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving takes a slight hit in fantasy value with superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love joining him in Cleveland.
Insight: Irving will not average over 17 field goal attempts per game, so his scoring might go down. However, his field goal percentage and assist numbers should increase. He should also remain fresher down the stretch since he no longer has to carry the load every night. Time will tell if less is more for Irving, but for now, his value takes a small hit.
Gerald Green, G/F, PHO10/22/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Suns guard Gerald Green should be a late-round asset for fantasy owners this season.
Insight: Green had a fine 2013-14 season, as he averaged 15.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, 2.5 three-pointers per game, along with shooting 45 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. Owners need to target him around the 13th round.
Marcus Morris, F, PHO10/22/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Suns forward Marcus Morris will not be a valuable fantasy player heading into the season.
Insight: He should see time at sall forward, but his firmly behind P.J. Tucker on the depth chart. Barring injuries, leave Morris undrafted.
Isaiah Thomas, G, PHO10/22/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Suns PG Isaiah Thomas is a bit of a wild card heading into the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He started 54 games for the Kings last season, and is now firmly entrenched as the Suns' sixth man heading into this season. Look for Thomas to be around his career-averages of 15.3 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field. As a result, owners should start thinking about taking Thomas in the ninth round offantasy drafts.
Goran Dragic, G, PHO10/22/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Suns guard Goran Dragic should be selected in the thirdround of fantasy drafts this season.
Insight: He had career-high averages in points (20.3 PPG), assists (5.9 APG), rebounds (3.2 RPG), field goal percentage (.505 FG%), and three-pointers made per game (1.6 3PM) last season. While his scoring may not be as high this season, with Eric Bledsoe healthy, combined with the addition of Isaiah Thomas, Dragic's other numbers could easily increase, making him an extremely valuable fantasy asset.