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For The Last 15 Days
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
P.J. Tucker, F, PHO10/22/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Suns small forward P.J. Tucker will have a tough time being a valuable fantasy asset in 2014-15.
Insight: While he gave solid rebounding production (6.5 RPG) last season, Tucker simply does not provide enough elsewhere (9.4 PPG, 1.7 APG, 1.4 SPG), for owners to take him even in the middle rounds. We would probably leave Tucker undrafted, but if anybody really wants him, target him late in drafts.
Miles Plumlee, F/C, PHO10/22/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee will begin the season as the team's starting big man.
Insight: Alex Len should push for more minutes, but Plumlee should be able to at least duplicate his averages of 8.1 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 1.1 blocks per game, from last season. With that being the case, owners should look to draft Plumlee around the 14th or 15th round.
Markieff Morris, F, PHO10/22/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Suns power forward Markieff Morris should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts for the upcoming season.
Insight: He did not make any starts last season, but is penciled in as the starting power forward to begin 2014-15. Morris will have a chance to improve on last season's averages of 13.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 0.6 blocks per game, and 0.8 steals per game. Markieff is the brother owners want to draft in fantasy, this season.
Chandler Parsons, F, DAL10/22/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: The Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer to Chandler Parsons got them a top quality, underrated fantasy small forward for 2014-15
Insight: Parsons should be the No. 3 option behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis and after a bit of slow start while trying to fit in on a new team will produce solid numbers - 15.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg.
Dirk Nowitzki, F, DAL10/22/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Mavericks PF/C Dirk Nowitzki was finally healthy last season and it showed in his statistics.
Insight: The 36-year-old averaged 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 threes while shooting .497 from the field over 80 games last season. We expect more of the same for 2014-15.
Harrison Barnes, SF, GSW10/22/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: The starting small forward position in Golden State is one of the team's biggest questions, heading into the 2014-15 season.
Insight: Last season, Andre Iguodala was firmly entrenched as the starter, but Barnes maybe the favorite heading into this season. He will look to improve upon his averages of 9.5 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, as well as his 40 percent field goal percentage. We think that head coach Steve Kerr will give Barnes the chance to start early in the season, and as a result, those numbers could really improve. However, owners should not target him until the end of all drafts.
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.
Draymond Green, F, GSW10/22/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Golden State forward Draymond Green will have a chance for increased playing time this season, which should lead to better fantasy numbers.
Insight: In only 21.9 minutes per game last season, Green averaged 6.2 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 0.9 blocks per gaame, and 1.2 steals per game. Owners should expect all of those numbers to go up in 2014-15, and as a result Green should be targeted starting around the 11th round.
Anthony Davis, PF, NOP10/22/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Pelicans PF/C Anthony Davis averaged 20.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season which makes him an elite fantasy option. Then add in 2.8 blocks per game and you are taking top-five.
Insight: Davis is a dynamic fantasy option in his third season who posted double-doubles 54 percent of the time in 2013-14. The biggest concern for fantasy owners is injuries. He's played 64 and 67 games in each of the first two seasons and fantasy owners need him to stay healthy to get top-five value from him.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW10/22/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala is coming off his worth statistical season since his rookie season, in 2004-05.
Insight: He averaged only 9.3 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game last season. Iggy was able to shoot 48 percent from the field and give owners one three-pointer game, along with 1.5 steals per game, however he is not the fantasy player he once was. There is still no official word on who will be starting at the small forward position, but no matter what, we would not recommend drafting Iguodala until late in your drafts.
David Lee, PF, GSW10/22/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Warriors forward David Lee should continue to be a solid fantasy option for the 2014-15 season.
Insight: He will always get you close to a double-double, as Lee averaged 18.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line. Owners should target Lee starting in the fifth round.
Zach Randolph, F, MEM10/22/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Memphis PF/C Zach Randolph is a force for any fantasy owners in two categories - points and rebounds.
Insight: Randolph won't help you in many other areas, but he posted 47 double-doubles last season which tied him for fourth with Dwight Howard, and Joakim Noah. Although he's averaged 77 starts the past two seasons he has chronically sore knees and could be an injury risk.
Terrence Jones, F, HOU10/22/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Houston forward Terrence Jones is a bit inconsistent, but the Rockets will need him more this season than last and he could be a nice late-round option.
Insight: Jones should see more minutes with Omer Asil gone and will help fantasy owners with his projected 12.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 1.6 blocks per contest.
Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU10/22/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Small forward Trevor Ariza's first season for the Houston Rockets has a chance to be his best.
Insight: Ariza will obviously take the spot of Chandler Parsons. He averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.6 steals per game with the Wizards last season and as the No. 3 option behind James Harden and Dwight Howard could surpass those numbers which would make him a top-25 option.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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