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The Desert News believes that Derrick Favors will start at power forward ahead of Paul Millsap.

This could be really big news for Favors' fantasy outlook if he winds up with the starting gig. Beat writer Jody Genessy speculates that Favors is the favorite because of his "enormous potential" and argues that "the time has probably come" for Favors to take the starting role permanently. We'll have to see how things shake out in training camp, but Favors is a name fantasy owners don't want to overlook. He averaged 7.8 points and 7.0 rebounds on 50 percent shooting over four games as the starting PF last season.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 10:35:00 AM

Anthony Davis (strep throat) had 33 points, 18 rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block vs. Memphis on Wednesday, making 9-of-23 field goals and 14-of-17 free throws in 40 minutes.

The Pelicans were supposedly watching AD's minutes, but his illness obviously didn't limit him. He did take a hit to his left leg tonight, causing some scary moments for fantasy owners, but he never left the game. This is a pristine example of his fantasy upside, especially if he continues to knock down free throws -- he's never shot better than 80.5 percent in a season, but recently sank 22-of-23 freebies in a preseason game.
Oct 19 - 1:47 AM

Dennis Schroder scored 28 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

His usage splits were a lot higher while Paul Millsap was on the bench last year and he saw a nice increase during the preseason, so making 13-of-26 from the field really isn't a surprise. He shredded the Mavs defense with plenty of drives and he'll be asked to lead this team in scoring. Schroder may have nights when he misses a number of shots, but Schroder could have a career season.
Oct 19 - 1:41 AM

Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) is unlikely to return this season, according to his agent.

Hayward had surgery on Wednesday to repair his dislocated and fractured left tibia. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. It's a sad turn of events and we wish Hayward a speedy recovery. In his absence, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart while relying more on a slew of players including Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Swingman Abdel Nader, a second-round pick in 2016, was actually the Celts' first man off the bench on Wednesday.
Oct 19 - 1:25 AM

John Collins scored 14 points during his NBA debut against the Mavs on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover in 22 minutes.

We saw a good amount of run at center from Collins in this game and the Hawks second unit saved the day after getting worked in the preseason. Collins was one of the best rookies at summer league and getting minutes at two positions suggests he'll get to 24 minutes sooner than later. He should be owned in 12-team leagues and his owners may see dividends sooner than expected.
Oct 19 - 1:21 AM

Marco Belinelli scored 20 points with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

He was on fire and was the MVP of this game for the Hawks to lead the second unit. He had more 3-point makes and attempts than the entire starting five combined, so maybe coach Mike Budenholzer has found his new Kyle Korver. Belinelli is going to have to bury treys to have fantasy value, but he's worth a look in 14-team leagues on a team dying for shooting.
Oct 19 - 1:06 AM

Dennis Smith scored 16 points with three rebounds, 10 assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Hawks during a 117-111 loss on Wednesday.

He did have to go to the locker room for an ankle issue, but he looked fine after being re-taped. Smith Jr. is the youngest player ever to have a points/assists double-double in his career debut since Jason Kidd. He had the ball in his hands a lot and the Mavs do look to be upping their tempo to give them more possessions. He's a great bet for Rookie of the Year.
Oct 19 - 12:58 AM

Nerlens Noel made 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line for 16 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He made the most of his minutes and took advantage of a weaker Hawks second unit. The Mavs do seem committed to playing Dirk Nowitzki at center, so Noel may be hanging around 20 minutes most nights -- Noel and Dirk played together for 4.4 minutes tonight. As this line shows, he should be just fine as a strong start. He'll have a tough time matching this line, but keep him rolling.
Oct 19 - 12:37 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points during a 108-100 win in Boston on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals and five turnovers in 37 minutes.

He's one of a kind and it turns out that his increased usage rate in the preseason may have been a big hint that this offense is coming -- he had a 39.6 usage rate tonight and it was 34.2 in the preseason. Coach Jason Kidd has said all along it'll be Giannis stepping it up even more, and he didn't change his tune tonight. "We always hold the bar high for Giannis, but for his opening day performance he set the bar high now and we’re going to hold him to that," Kidd said. The Greek Freak sure looks like fantasy's No. 1 player.
Oct 19 - 12:21 AM

Hassan Whiteside piled up 26 points and 22 rebounds vs. Orlando on Wednesday, making 11-of-18 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with one 3-pointer, one assist and one block.

Quite a way to kick things off. Whiteside became the first player since Kevin Garnett in 2007 to have a 20/20 game on opening night, and the preseason buzz about him was accurate. He looks more comfortable as a go-to offensive option this year, and could even flirt with first-round value in most formats.
Oct 19 - 12:01 AM

Dion Waiters tweaked his left ankle three times on Wednesday, but he played through them to finish with 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

Waiters said after the game that he won't have X-rays, but this is the same ankle that bothered him last year -- he declined to have surgery then, but the ankle was still aching as recently as late September. Miami is off until Saturday, which gives him some time to recover, but we'll add him to the injury report due to the long-term nature of his ankle injury.
Oct 19 - 12:00 AM

Myles Turner posted 21 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 34 minutes of work vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Turner has a complete game with the ability to shoot from range (one 3-pointer tonight) or attack in the paint, and he finished 8-of-13 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. The Pacers' offense was humming all night long (due at least somewhat to the quality of the Nets' defense) and all signs point to Turner returning elite value this season.
Oct 18 - 11:15 PM




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