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Zion WilliamsonOct 18 01:28pm

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that Williamson is now expected to miss the first few weeks of the regular season with an injured knee. Williamson's knee injury is not believed to be severe.
Source: RTSports

Tomas SatoranskyOct 16 07:00pm

Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky has been named the starting point guard for the regular season opener, according to head coach Jim Boylen. Dunn was the favorite to win the job in camp, but that quickly faded. Boylen likes Dunn's defense off the bench, so that's how the team will begin the season. Satoransky is worth grabbing in the middle of most drafts.
Source: RTSports

Chris PaulOct 16 06:50pm

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (rest) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies. This is just a regular rest day for the veteran point guard. It's unclear how the Thunder plan on working Paul into their gameplan, so fantasy owners should draft him with caution. There is a good chance that Paul does sit out games this season until the Thunder can find a trade partner.
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Dennis Smith Jr.Oct 16 06:50pm

New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (back) is available for Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. Smith has been sidelined due to back spasms, but appears ready to play now. Head coach David Fizdale wants to see how Smith plays as the starting point guard. He's a late round option in most formats because the Knicks have depth at guard and could easily change it up at any moment. Smith doesn't have a secure starting spot at the moment.
Source: RTSports

Mitchell RobinsonOct 16 06:40pm

New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson will come off the bench with the second unit in Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. Robinson got into foul trouble last game, so the Knicks will give Bobby Portis a chance with the starting five. Robinson should be locked as the starting center, but the Knicks probably just want to see how Portis plays with Julius Randle. Robinson is a great option in the early rounds of category leagues.
Source: RTSports

Terry RozierOct 16 06:40pm

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (knee) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Detroit Pistons. He's dealing with a left knee issue, but most likely is just a precautionary move. Devonte Graham and Dwayne Bacon should see more minutes without Rozier. He should be fine for the regular season and is worth targeting in the middle rounds of most standard drafts.
Source: RTSports

Jalen BrunsonOct 16 06:40pm

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He wasn't able to play in Monday's contest, so the Mavs might be just playing it safe here. There is a good chance that he doesn't play on Thursday, but should be fine for the regular season opener. Brunson doesn't carry huge upside, but could be late round guy or a nice piece in a deep league.
Source: RTSports

Luke KennardOct 16 06:30pm

Detroit Pistons guards Luke Kennard (rest) and Derrick Rose (rest) will not suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. This appears to be a normal rest game for them so the bench players can get some extra minutes. Both players should have late round value in fantasy leagues. However, the injury history could make some fantasy owners nervous about Rose.
Source: RTSports

Blake GriffinOct 16 06:30pm

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) won't suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. Griffin is dealing with a minor hamstring issue, but doesn't believe it will cost him time in the regular season. The Pistons are going to be careful with Griffin, especially because of his injury history. He has solid upside, but fantasy owners should know the high risk of injury.
Source: RTSports

Markieff MorrisOct 16 06:20pm

Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris (illness) will play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. Morris has been dealing with bronchitis, but appears to be over it now. Blake Griffin (hamstring) is sidelined for this one, so Christian Wood and Morris will get plenty of run in this game. Morris could be an interesting target for late in drafts, especially with Griffin possibly missing time.
Source: RTSports

Dennis Smith Jr.Oct 15 07:40pm

New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (back) is listed as probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. He missed the last two preseason contests due to a lower back strain. He's battling with Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina for minutes at the guard position. This might be a tough situation for standard league owners, so they may want to avoid this.
Source: RTSports

Frank NtilikinaOct 15 07:40pm

New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (groin) was able to get through practice on Tuesday. Ntilikina is listed as probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. He did not practice on Monday due to a sore groin, but downplayed the severity of the injury. It appears he's actually fine, but will have to battle with Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Elfrid Payton for minutes at the guard position.
Source: RTSports

Nikola VucevicOct 15 07:30pm

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (ankle) and guard Terrence Ross (ankle) were able to go through a team scrimmage on Tuesday. Both players missed Sunday's preseason contest due to minor ankle injuries. The fact they were able to get through the scrimmage means they should be fine in a few days. Vucevic and Ross should be fine for the regular season opener.
Source: RTSports

Evan FournierOct 15 07:30pm

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (back) was able to participate in some of Tuesday's scrimmage. Fournier admitted that he was very sore after going through the scrimmage on Tuesday. There is a good chance that the Magic have Fournier sit out for the rest of the preseason. He'll have late round value in most standard leagues, but it's unclear if he'll be ready for the regular season opener.
Source: RTSports

Kevin HuerterOct 15 07:30pm

Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the New York Knicks. Huerter has been dealing with knee soreness throughout the preseason. However, he expects to be ready to play for the regular season opener. He's not an attractive option in most standard leagues, but Huerter has value in deeper leagues.
Source: RTSports

Blake GriffinOct 15 07:20pm

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Griffin is already working his way back from left knee surgery, but has this to worry about now. There is a good chance that the Pistons just play it safe and have Griffin rest for the remainder of the preseason. Fantasy owners should take Griffin knowing the high risk of injury. Griffin does have solid upside, but continues to get sidelined by injuries.
Source: RTSports

Kevon LooneyOct 15 07:20pm

Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) has been ruled out for the rest of the preseason. However, Looney wants to be ready to play in the regular season opener on October 24. Looney has been dealing with a hamstring issue and sometimes those have a tendency to linger. He was able to get through Tuesday's practice, so that is a good step moving forward. Looney is someone worth looking at late in drafts.
Source: RTSports

Anthony DavisOct 15 07:20pm

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (thumb) was able to get through a full practice on Tuesday. Davis wore a wrap on his right thumb, but felt fine after Tuesday's practice. Davis is hopeful to be cleared for Wednesday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. It seems like Davis will be fine for the regular season opener. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned that Davis will miss any time due to this thumb issue.
Source: RTSports

Darius GarlandOct 15 07:10pm

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (ankle) will suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Boston Celtics. Garland missed Saturday's preseason game due to a minor ankle injury. The Cavs will monitor him closely as they want to be cautious with their rookie. It sounds like Garland will be fine for the regular season opener. He'll have decent fantasy value, especially later in the season if the Cavs aren't competitive.
Source: RTSports

Andre DrummondOct 15 07:10pm

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (rest) and forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Both players should be fine for the regular season, but the Pistons don't want to push them in the preseason. Thon Maker and Christian Wood will see more minutes in Tuesday's contest. Both Drummond and Griffin should be solid early round picks in fantasy leagues.
Source: RTSports

Jordan BellOct 15 07:10pm

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jordan Bell (calf) will be available for Tuesday's preseason game against the Indiana Pacers. Bell has been dealing with a left calf issue, but the Wolves should be able to get him into the game on Tuesday. However, Bell is going to have limited value even when healthy. He's worth looking at in deep leagues, but that's about it at the moment.
Source: RTSports

De'Aaron FoxOct 15 07:00pm

Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (back) won't play in Wednesday's exhibition versus the Melbourne United. Fox said his back was a little tight, so the team will hold him out of this meaningless game. However, Fox is expected to be fine for the regular season opener. He has great upside and makes for an interesting early round pick.
Source: RTSports

Devin BookerOct 14 06:50pm

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will suit up for Monday's preseason contest against the Denver Nuggets. Booker sat out the last two preseason games due to rest, but he'll get in some minutes here. It's unclear how much Booker is going to play in this one. He'll have great upside in fantasy leagues, but may see rest games down the stretch if the Suns aren't competitive.
Source: RTSports

Grayson AllenOct 14 06:50pm

Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen will jump into the starting five for Monday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. Dillon Brooks normally starts, but head coach Taylor Jenkins is making a switch here. Allen has played well as the sixth man in the preseason, but we'll see how he plays in the starting five. Fantasy owners should keep their eyes on this as Allen could be a late round steal.
Source: RTSports

Daniel TheisOct 14 06:40pm

Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis may begin the regular season as the starting center in Boston. Head coach Brad Stevens is not ready to commit to a starting center just yet. Theis appears to be the favorite, but Robert Williams and Enes Kanter will see time as well. The Celtics like the idea of Kanter coming off the bench, but that actually shouldn't hurt his playing time. Kanter should have the most fantasy appeal out of the trio.
Source: RTSports

Jonas ValanciunasOct 14 06:40pm

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) said his goal is to be ready for the regular season opener against the Miami Heat on October 23. Valanciunas has been shut down for the preseason, but believes he'll be ready to start the season. He could move down a few spots on draft boards because it's unclear when he'll actually be ready. Brandon Clarke has rising fantasy appeal with Valanciunas sidelined.
Source: RTSports

Kelly OlynykOct 14 06:10pm

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (knee) remains out for Monday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. Olynyk has not been through a full practice yet and won't be cleared to play until he's able to do that. The Heat are hopeful to have Olynyk ready for opening day, but we'll see if that happens. Otherwise, Derrick Jones will get increased usage and minutes in the rotation.
Source: RTSports

Evan TurnerOct 14 06:00pm

Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Evan Turner (Achilles) is expected to play during Monday's preseason game against the Miami Heat. He's been dealing with left Achilles pain that has cost him most of the preseason. Turner should see decent backup minutes at guard and forward this season off the bench. He'll be a better option in deep leagues than standard fantasy formats.
Source: RTSports

D'Angelo RussellOct 14 06:00pm

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (rest) and guard D'Angelo Russell (rest) will sit out of Monday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers. It sounds like both players are going to play on Wednesday, but sit out here. Stephen Curry will suit up on Monday, according to head coach Steve Kerr. Marquese Chriss will see increased minutes without Green in the rotation.
Source: RTSports

Frank NtilikinaOct 14 06:00pm

New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (groin) did not suit up for Monday's practice. Ntilikina missed 31 of the final 33 games of the regular season last year because of a groin issue. He's battling Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton for guard minutes, so he can't afford to miss time. Most likely this is a situation that you want to avoid in fantasy hoops right away. Maybe take a look at one of them late in drafts, but the Knicks might try to mix them all in which will kill any fantasy value.
Source: RTSports

Anthony DavisOct 14 05:50pm

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (thumb) had his MRI come back clean on Monday, so that's great news for fantasy owners and the organization. Davis is dealing with a Grade 1 thumb sprain, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the rest of the preseason. He has been ruled out of Monday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. Fantasy owners shouldn't be worried about Davis missing much time.
Source: RTSports

Emmanuel MudiayOct 14 05:50pm

Utah Jazz guard Emmanuel Mudiay (thigh) will be available for Monday's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings. This will be Mudiay's preseason debut after missing some time due to a thigh issue. However, Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell will see most of the minutes at the guard positions during the regular season. Mudiay won't get enough minutes to warrant ownership in fantasy leagues.
Source: RTSports

Jarrett AllenOct 14 05:40pm

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen had his 2020-2021 team option picked up by the organization on Monday. He's been alternating starts at the center position with DeAndre Jordan during the preseason. This could be something that happens in the regular season as well. Regardless, Allen should see around 20 minutes per game whether he's starting or coming off the bench. He'll be worth targeting late in most drafts.
Source: RTSports

Kevin KnoxOct 14 05:40pm

New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (calf) is hopeful to suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. Knox tweaked his calf last week and was unable to play in Friday's game. He was able to get in a limited practice on Sunday, but we'll see how he progresses over the next few days. The Knicks might play it safe and have Knox rest, but he should be fine for the regular season opener. Knox should have decent fantasy appeal in most formats.
Source: RTSports

Kevon LooneyOct 14 05:30pm

Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) and guard/forward Alec Burks (ankle) will both sit out of Monday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Both players still aren't practicing, which is a bit concerning with the regular season fast approaching. Looney has some upside in fantasy leagues, so he's worth looking at, but Burks can be ignored.
Source: RTSports

Dario SaricOct 13 09:10pm

Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (quad) is questionable to suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Denver Nuggets. Saric is dealing with a bruised quad, but that shouldn't linger into the regular season. The Suns may have Saric sit out in the meaningless game for rest. Frank Kaminsky would see more minutes coming his way, assuming Saric sits out.
Source: RTSports

Landry ShametOct 13 09:00pm

Los Angeles Clippers guard/forward Landry Shamet (wrist) exited early during Sunday's preseason contest. Head coach Doc Rivers downplayed the injury after the game. Rivers said that if it was the playoffs then Shamet would be out there, but there is no reason to push it in the preseason. Shamet should be fine, and is someone worth looking at late in drafts.
Source: RTSports

Rodney HoodOct 12 07:10pm

Portland Trail Blazers guard/forward Rodney Hood (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. He is dealing with back spasms, so the team is likely just being cautious here. Hood will battle Kent Bazemore for playing time in Portland. He'll be worth a look in deeper leagues, but that's about it for the moment.
Source: RTSports

Anthony DavisOct 12 07:00pm

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis (thumb) was injured during the first quarter of Saturday's preseason loss. The team is calling the injury a Grade 1 sprain, but Davis will have an MRI done on Sunday. The Lakers next preseason game is on Monday, but it's safe to assume he's done for the preseason. Davis should be fine for opening night, so fantasy owners shouldn't have to worry.
Source: RTSports

Nikola VucevicOct 12 07:00pm

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (ankle) was able to fully participate in Saturday's practice, according to head coach Steve Clifford. Vucevic is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, but has downplayed the severity. It's unclear whether or not Vucevic will suit up for Sunday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He should be fine for the regular season, so fantasy owners don't have anything to worry about.
Source: RTSports