Guard Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eric Bledsoe, G, PHO10/22/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Now that Eric Bledsoe contract has been taken care of, he can focus of playing basketball for the Suns, along with producing for fantasy owners.
Insight: Last season, he averaged a career-high 17.7 points per game, 5.5 assists per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 1.6 steals per game, along with shooting 48 percent from the field and hitting 1.3 three-pointers per game. Bledsoe is one of the most talented players in the NBA, and owners should consider drafting him starting in the third round.
Jameer Nelson, G, DAL10/22/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson appears to have the starting job over Raymond Felton and Devin Harris, but they will both cut into Nelson's playing time.
Insight: Nelson has always been a solid assist guy and can hit the three when needed. We're projecting 10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 7.0 apg, but fantasy owners must be aware of the injury risk. Nelson hasn't played more than 68 games in any of the last three seasons and has never played more than 79 games in 10 NBA seasons.
Monta Ellis, G, DAL10/22/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has always been a solid fantasy option because of his quickness and his never having met a shot he didn't like.
Insight: He curbed his shot selection a bit in 2013-14 and saw his shooting percentage rise in both two pointer and from beyond the arc. We think that trend continues so are projecting 19.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.0 apg and 2.1 spg.
Tyreke Evans, G/F, NOP10/22/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: New Orleans G/F Tyreke Evans got better as the season went along, but could see a dip in numbers, at least early on, with the return of Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson.
Insight: We believe he has the talent to play at his post All-Star break level, so are projecting 17.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.9 apg getting most of the minutes as the primary small forward, but he can also play at either guard spot if needed.
Jrue Holiday, G, NOP10/22/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday played just 34 games last season, but the injury, stress fracture of the right tibia, shouldn't be a factor this season.
Insight: Holiday averaged just 14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 7.9 apg, 1.6 spg, but that was with a new club and now that he's had a chance to fit in he should be better. We're projecting 16.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.7 asp for 2014-15.
Shaun Livingston, G, GSW10/22/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Golden State guard Shaun Livingston will open the season as the backup point guard, behind superstar Stephen Curry.
Insight: Last season with the Nets, Livingston aaveraged 8.3 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line. We feel that he could be right around those numbers in 2014-15, with possibly a slight decrease. If owners want Livingston on their teams, he should be target at the end of drafts.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW10/22/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry should be a top-five pick in fantasy basketball drafts.
Insight: He averaged a career-high 24.0 points per game and 8.5 assists per game last season, and seems to only be getting better. Curry also shot 47 percent from the field, 89 percent from the line, while making 3.3 three-pointer per game, along with 1.6 steals per game. Simply put, Curry is a dynamic fantasy option, and should be considered a top-three pick.
Klay Thompson, G, GSW10/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson should be able to average 20 points per game in 2014-15.
Insight: He had a great season in 2013-14, as he averaged 18.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 0.9 steals per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field, 80 percent from the line, and knocked down 2.8 three-pointers per game. Thompson is one of the best long-distance shooters in the NBA, and at only 24-years-old, we expect his numbers to only improve.
Tony Allen, G, MEM10/22/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Memphis guard Tony Allen is a defensive specialist who requires a lot of playing time to accumulate fantasy statistics ... that's not going to happen in 2014-15.
Insight: Allen wil share the shooting guard minutes with Courtney Lee and it's Lee who got the starts after coming over from Boston last season. He averaged 26.6 mpg before the All-Star game and 20.0 minutes after Lee's arrival.
Courtney Lee, SG, MEM10/22/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee started most of the games after being traded from Boston, but he's still in a shared situation with defensive specialist Tony Allen.
Insight: For that reason he'll likely be limited to our projected 8.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 apg.
Vince Carter, G, MEM10/22/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Memphis G/F Vince Carter isn't the explosive force re once was in Toronto, but he should produce well for the Grizzlies.
Insight: The 37-year-old can still put the ball in the basket and is a better option than Tayshaun Prince or Quincey Pondexter so should see as many minutes as his old knees can take. We're projectiing 11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg.
Mike Conley, G, MEM10/22/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Memphis guard Mike Conley doesn't get the much press, but he's a solid second-tier fantasy point guard.
Insight: The point guard set career highs in points (17.2) and shooting percentage (.484) along with 6.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per night. Best, he's played in 80 or more games in four of the last six seasons, so he'll be out there every night trying to help you.
Patrick Beverley, G, HOU10/22/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will no longer have to share the spot with Jeremy Lin, so should see increased minutes and increased fantasy value.
Insight: Beverley is primarily a defender with James Harden in control of the Rockets offense, but he can help in the steals and three-point categories and should average close to 11 ppg if he stays healthy.
James Harden, G, HOU10/22/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden was a do-everything guard again last season and may be needed to produce even more with Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin playing in other uniforms.
Insight: Harden is a top-five overall fantasy option who fills up the entire box score. We are projecting 26.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.5 spg. His weakest attribute is his defense, or lack of it, which doesn't effect fantasy owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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