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Anthony Davis returned from his wrist injury and played 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

He dodged a bullet from his sprained wrist on Monday, but he's good to go. In his last four, Davis averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 24.8 minutes per game. Yes, he can fill a stat sheet and is worth taking at the top spot of your fantasy draft, assuming you're OK with taking a risk.
Oct 24 - 12:16 AM

Eric Gordon played a preseason-high 28 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He's been over 20 minutes in each of his last five games, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.4 triples on 34.6 percent from the field in that span. Gordon does have a chance to duplicate his 15.4 points per game and 1.6 triples from last year, but there is a lot of injury risk. We'd prefer other targets in the later rounds.
Oct 24 - 12:11 AM

Jae Crowder scored 14 points against the Pelicans on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.

He shot just 6-of-15 from the field and will come off the bench for the Mavericks. He will need a lot of things to happen to have fantasy value this season.
Oct 24 - 12:08 AM

Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats.
Oct 24 - 12:06 AM

Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy.
Oct 24 - 12:02 AM

D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) didn't play tonight, but he's expected to be ready to start the season. Augustin will come off the bench and propel the second unit, but he's still not a great target late in standard drafts while Jennings is healthy.
Oct 23 - 11:58 PM

Kyle Singler scored a game-high 19 points against the Sixers on Thursday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

Yes, this line comes with a grain of salt when "against the Sixers" is in the opening sentence, but Singler has made it clear he deserves minutes. If Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) isn't healthy, the Duke product should be a factor in fantasy leagues. He's still not a terrific target in standard leagues at this time.
Oct 23 - 11:54 PM

Caron Butler scored 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

He's a possible starter on opening night for the Pistons and coach Stan Van Gundy seems to like Butler for his range. Of course, he won't get many minutes given he's 34 and hurt a lot, so he's only a target in deeper leagues.
Oct 23 - 11:49 PM

Cartier Martin had six steals in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday to go with 17 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers.

He has played well and would get some serious burn if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) needs to miss time. There has been very little info on KCP, but he's expected to be ready for opening night. You can just keep an eye on Cartier in very deep leagues.
Oct 23 - 11:40 PM

Josh Smith flirted with a triple-double against the 76ers on Thursday with 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

It was easily his best game and it came with Greg Monroe getting some rest. Smith still only made 38.2 percent from the field in his previous three games and his shot selection isn't much better, so he's still very unlikely to be above 45 percent this season. Plus, he's made just 47.6 percent at the line this month. Besides the shooting, Smith should be very good, so he's worth a look in the middle rounds.
Oct 23 - 11:32 PM

Henry Sims grabbed just one rebound in 33 minutes of action against the Pistons on Thursday, adding 17 points, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

Andrea Bargnani is jealous of Sims' rebounding rate tonight. Anyway, he's still favored to start and should have some low-end fantasy value if he can keep Arnett Moultrie at bay. Moultrie might not even make the team, so Sims is worth a look late.
Oct 23 - 11:24 PM

Elliot Williams played just 17 minutes off the bench for the 76ers on Thursday with 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.

He was efficient at 3-of-4 from the field, which has been the story all along. Williams played very well on offense and he probably earned himself a roster spot. Fantasy owners in even 16-team leagues can probably ignore this for now.
Oct 23 - 11:17 PM

Tony Wroten made 2-of-4 from the field and 5-of-11 from the line for 11 points against the Pistons on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

This sums up Wroten pretty well. He's going to have his shooting issues, but the stats are going to be there. Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is out for the start of the season, so Wroten is well worth owning in almost any league.
Oct 23 - 11:14 PM

Chris Johnson got his chance in the starting lineup for the 76ers, making 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He barely played coming into this game with 14 or less minutes, but he got his chance tonight. Johnson was somewhat effective on a more talented Celtics team last season, so he could get it going. Plus, he has some range and steals the ball a bit. Of course, this development should not have your attention in anything but a very deep league.
Oct 23 - 11:01 PM

Nerlens Noel put up a massive line in his preseason finale on Thursday, scoring eight points with eight rebounds, one assist, five steals, five blocks and six fouls in 30 minutes.

Well, hello. Noel had been fairly quiet in the blocks category with just 1.7 blocks per game in his previous three, but tonight was just ridiculous. On top of that, he averaged 9.3 boards per game over his last three. On the down side, he did only shoot 15-of-37 (40.5 percent) from the field and 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from the line in the preseason. This monster game is probably going to bump up his ADP by a round or two, so you might have to pounce in the fourth round to get him. We'd probably prefer safer options for where he'll go and we'd like him a lot more in the fifth.
Oct 23 - 10:51 PM



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